Do you sit all day at your desk job yet comfort yourself with the fact that “you’re healthy” because you do your 1-hour of high intensity training every day?
Sadly, a recent study in Annals of Internal Medicine has shown that the health hazards of sedentary behavior aren’t completely neutralised by exercise.
The researchers examined data from 47 studies that assessed the health effects of sedentary behavior adjusted for physical activity.
They found that increased sedentary time was associated with significant, independent increases in risk for:
- All-cause mortality;
- Cardiovascular mortality;
- Cancer mortality;
- Cardiovascular disease;
- Type 2 diabetes.
Increased exercise “blunted” (but did not completely eliminate) these risks.
Solution? Keep the regular exercise that you do, and try to incorporate more ‘incidental’ activity into your day – you’ve heard it all before:
- Stairs instead of lift;
- Walk or bike instead of driving;
- Getting off your transport a couple of blocks before your destination and walking;
- (And for you confused people who think golf is a sport) walk instead of using a buggy.
Honestly, there is so much out there in the theme of “Golf Is Not A Sport”, I really had to narrow it down… 🙂
Biswas A, Oh PI, Faulkner GE, Bajaj RR, Silver MA, Mitchell MS, Alter DA. Sedentary time and its association with risk for disease incidence, mortality, and hospitalization in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jan 20;162(2):123-32. doi: 10.7326/M14-1651.