In several studies it has been shown that the consequences of long stretches of inactivity or sitting down range from increase anxiety, low level of HDL (good) cholesterol, higher levels of C-reactive protein (which can indicate inflammation), and triglycerides (blood fats – not a good thing), and even certain cancers and serious heart conditions.
What can we do?
The good news is that additional studies have been conducted which found that the simple solution is to take more breaks and stick to regular exercise. For some of us that means to start small, such as taking your breaks away from your desk and doing something or when talking on the phone simply standing up for the duration of the conversation.
Build up your exercise regimen by walking briskly every day. Doctors recommend 30 minutes a day for adults. This might seem like a lot for us busy adults who have kids, spouses, a job and the like. But not if you use the time you have – if you have an hour lunch, use the last 30 minutes to walk around your parking garage at work or even an empty conference room. Be creative and think simply…it could save your life!
Good health to you!