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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:04

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For the average adult, it is recommended that we do 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 mins of vigorous exercise each week. Even those that meet these recommendations can compromise their metabolic health with prolonged periods of inactivity.

This means that sedentary behavior such as sitting (perhaps in front of a TV or computer) for a long time each day can increase our risk of heart disease and lifestyle disease risk. Each one hour increment in TV time was found to be associated with an 11% and 18% increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality. Those sitting for more than four hours of screen time had nearly a 50% increased risk of death from all causes and 125% increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease. This applies to you regardless of whether you’re a super active couch potato, or are completely sedentary.

The solution in this case is to sit less and move more. Get the blood pumping! Stand rather than sit while you’re on the computer, walk around while you’re talking on the phone, or walk about on your lunch break. The benefits of being more active, even by standing instead of sitting can be profound by activating different musculature and even prevent the shortening of muscles associated with joint pain. Think tight hips & lower back pain.  Bottom line – sit less, move more!

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