Here is a very true statement: “Any Exercise is better than no exercise at all.” By now we should all know that a habit of regular exercise most days of the week is very good for us and not exercising is not good at all.
Now another study has been published that strongly suggests that it isn’t just the amount of time we spend sitting around that has an influence on health but also so does the number of times we get up throughout the day.
The authors of this newest study focused on how much time the subjects of the study spent just sitting down, along with the number of times they got up in a given amount of time. Also studied were various heart and metabolic disease indicators.
The conclusions are that sitting for long periods tends to worsen the indicators of potential heart and metabolic disorders. These indications includes larger waist sizes, reduced amounts of HDL (good) cholesterol, and increased amounts of a recognized inflammation marker protein, C-Reactive, and more triglycerides in the blood.
Since so many of us spend days sitting behind desks, this is disturbing news. But there is some good news as well.
Any Exercise Is Better Than None
Another finding is that the more breaks during the day, the better. In other words, even if you spend a lot of time sitting, the more times you get up during the day helps lower both your waist size and the inflammation marker protein.
Of these two, it is waist size that is the best indicator of potential health problems. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has established that “high risk” waist sizes begin at 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women. So the more we do to reduce our waist sizes below these danger marks, the better off we are.
The final conclusions of this study are that even small changes in your behavior and daily movements can, over time, make a real difference. Behaviors like standing to read a report, or take a phone call all help. Other simple behavior changes that are easy to make include walking to see someone on the next floor, parking towards the back of the lot, and walking the stairs instead of taking the elevator or escalator.
In the end, if your job requires long periods of sitting then it is important to take regular, short, breaks during the day where you move about physically. All physical effort helps protect the cardiovascular system.
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