In a new field called’ inactivity research’ is revealing that inactivity , particularly in the form of sitting ,is really bad for your health. Excessive sitting should now be considered a stand alone component of the physical activity health equation.
Even if you exercise well.
- In 2010 the data from a 14 year study of 123,000 middle aged adults was analysed. All variables accounted for(exercise of 45-60 minutes/ day (!!!) , diet et al ) it demonstrated that those who sat for 6 hours/ day or more had a 37 % higher mortality rate for women and 17 % for men compared to those who sat for 3 hours/ day or less- The American Journal of Epidemiology 2010.
- Data analysed on 8800 TV viewing Australians showed that each hour of TV watching sliced 22 minutes off an over 25 yoa adults life – University of QLD.
- Across a 14- 15 hour waking day we are getting 55- 75 % sedentary time and exercise occupies only around 5% .4) ‘From an evolutionary point of view we are meant to be active’-Audrey Bergouignan human physiologist Uni Colorado.
- Exercise- ‘45 – 60 minutes / day has health benefits’- Inigo San Millan, Human Performance Uni Colorado
- Short activity breaks- reduce blood sugar and insulin spikes by @25 %
- Build short activity breaks into your working day
- Encourage standing meetings at work , adjustable height work stations ( so you can stand and work )
- At home , get up and move around during TV adverts, generally putter around your home