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regular exercise won't fix sitting for long hours
Posted by: Panchito ()
Date: January 20, 2015 05:31PM



Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health

Maybe those of us who sit for long hours in meetings, on phone calls, and tapping away at keyboards should be getting hazard pay. New research that distills the findings of 47 studies concludes that those of us who sit for long hours raise our average risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and early death.

Even for those of us who meet recommended daily levels of exercise, sitting for long periods of time boosts our likelihood of declining health. (In fact, I just worked out intensively for 90 minutes, and am now risking life and limb to bring you this news. You're welcome.)

To be sure, the latest research -- published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine -- finds that the risk of poor health "is more pronounced at lower levels of physical activity than at higher levels."

Those who engage in regular physical activity but still spend a large proportion of their day in sedentary activity were found, on average, to be 30% less likely to die of any cause in a given period than were those who get little to no exercise. But even those who punctuate a long day of sitting with a vigorous workout were estimated to be 16% more likely to die of any cause in a given time than were those who do not sit for long.

The studies that formed the basis for such aggregations defined prolonged sitting, as well as high levels of physical activity, quite differently. While one study included participants who spent as little as an hour a day seated, the rest defined prolonged sitting as those who watched television for at least five hours a day on up to those who had more than six and, in one study, more than 11 hours of "sitting time" a day.

Any way you read it, these studies probably sweep most of us into the long-sitting category, since researchers estimate that more than half of the average American's waking life is spent sitting.

The compensating effects of exercise were also measured differently in each study. High levels of physical activity were variously defined as "meeting physical activity guidelines" -- at least 20 minutes a day of moderately vigorous exercise -- to spending at least seven hours a week engaged in moderately vigorous exercise.

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Re: regular exercise won't fix sitting for long hours
Posted by: Living Food ()
Date: January 21, 2015 03:18PM

So true. Going to the gym and working out for an hour isn't good enough if we are spending 8 hours a day sitting. It's kind of like modern medicine in that it will help counteract some of the symptoms but not fix the underlying problem. A complete lifestyle change is needed, because most people are living a highly unnatural and unsustainable way of life.

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Re: regular exercise won't fix sitting for long hours
Posted by: Living Food ()
Date: January 21, 2015 04:06PM

Why do people consistently choose the quick fix over the long-term one? Give someone a band-aid solution and they're happy, but tell them how they can actually get to the root of their problem and eliminate it for good and they balk. Why do people think that exercising for an hour will counteract an entire day spent sitting down? Why not change your lifestyle so you are active the majority of your waking hours and reap the real benefits? It's just like people who try to cure their disease by popping a pill twice a day, all the while continuing to do the very things that are causing their ill health. Brief bouts of exercise is not enough, you need to be active all day. Popping a pill is not enough, you need to eliminate everything that brought about the malady in the first place. Meditating for an hour a day is not enough if you continue to have erroneous thoughts and deeds for the other 11 must make your entire life a meditation.

The quick fix is not enough, we must take drastic measures because we are so deep in the nonsense we have forgotten how to live properly.

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