It does not matter if you exercise every day if you sit or lie down most of the time you are asking for problems – health problems. A recent set of studies that were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine have found that living a sedentary lifestyle was detrimental to human health, regardless if the person exercised regularly or not.
The problem is what to do with these facts. The truth is that our world is designed to keep us sitting and staying relatively still. In other words, the world wants us to use our minds more than we use our bodies. We sit while in our car, at the office, relaxing at home, spectating sporting events, at the movies, while out to eat, etc.
According to the Annals of Internal Medicine compilation of studies, adults should get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. This amount of exercise has been shown to reduce the onset of major diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, and even some forms of cancer. Therefore, you should make sure that you at least shoot for this minimum recommended amount each week to help reduce your risk of the above-mentioned ailments.
Still, the recommended 150 weekly minutes of exercise may not be enough to keep you healthy as the same study also found that adults leading a high-sedentary life were mostly negating a majority of the health benefits derived from chunks of time devoted to exercise. The key is to accumulate time in 10 minute time intervals.
Some of the population research covered by the Annals of Internal Medicine Study showed that the average human being’s life revolved mostly around sitting down. During the day most people sit for nearly half the day. During this time they are usually involved in driving their car, sitting for work, watching television, or surfing the net. The problem is not necessarily in the sitting itself, for everyone needs to sit down sometime, just the amount of sitting being done, which according to the study, is extremely detrimental to health.
Out of the over 20,000 studies documented by the Annals of Internal Medicine, the resulting numbers showed a clear indication that the more you sit, the sicker you will get. The data from the compiled studies also revealed that illnesses and diseases like higher mortality rates, cancers, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes were more common in those who led a sedentary lifestyle (lots of sitting and lying down), no matter if they exercised or not. This is an extremely important find as it enlightens us as to the importance of staying active throughout the day and not just for the 20-30 minutes when we are at the gym sweating it out.
You do not need a gym to keep your body busy. There are an infinite amount of ways in which to keep your body moving and thus add more healthy years to your life.
Below, is a shortlist of suggested ways to keep your body in motion within your average day.