So many of us spend majority of our days chained to our desks, peering through the windows longing to get outside in the sun. My job is no different, although I do spend a lot of it writing stories about keeping fit and eating healthy, which is a bit hypocritical considering how often I sit still.
Of course it does work as a bit of a motivator to get moving as much as possible, especially with research telling us how bad it is to sit still for so long. With little that can be done about having to sit still, I try to offset the harm by going to the gym, lunch time walks and walking to and from work. I always thought I was doing okay.
A new study published in The Lancet has come to the party and educating us on how much exercise we actually have to do to counteract the negative side effects of sitting still all day.
So am I doing enough? Sort of.
The study found that people who work the typical eight hour day should partake in “high levels of moderate intensity physical activity to eliminate the increased risk of death associated with high sitting time.” To them this is about 60-75 minutes per day of exercise. So long to the idea that we should push play for just 30 minutes a day. Now, we need to double that if we want to counteract some of the detrimental effects of prolonged sitting.
It sounds doable, a lunch time walk and a little bit of a sweat-sesh before or after your 9-5. But there is one other issue…How often do you go home, cook dinner, get changed into comfy clothes and enjoy a little Netflix and Chill? Most of us.
The study found that while getting moving can eliminate the effects of sitting at work all day, it only lessen the “increased risks associated with high TV-viewing time.”
Thank goodness summer is coming! Less Netflix and more summer walks.