Sitting Is Bad For Your Health; Light Exercise Provides Health Benefits

Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Exercise and Fitness with 0 Comments

“Doctors are urging the millions of people who work at a desk all day to stand up or walk around the office. As CBS 2′s Dr. Max Gomez reported, our couch-potato lifestyle is killing us at about the same rate as smoking. And it’s not just sitting around at home; it’s also our sit-for-hours workdays that are part of an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle.” READ MORE: Sitting At Work For Hours Can Be As Unhealthy As Smoking

Get Off the Couch! Even Light Exercise Has Health Benefits

Light-intensity activities that get you off the couch may be beneficial to your health, even if you don’t work up a sweat, a new study suggests.

People in the study who spent more time moving around than sitting during the day generally had favorable insulin and triglyceride (blood fat) levels, even if they did not do the amount of exercise that national guidelines recommend.


“These findings demonstrate the importance of minimizing sedentary activities, and replacing some of them with light-intensity activities, such as pacing back and forth when on the phone, standing at your desk periodically instead of sitting and having walking meetings instead of sit-down meetings,” study researcher Paul Loprinzi, an assistant professor at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., said in a statement.

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