Sitting the New Smoking?

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Did you know that a Sedentary Lifestyle is Dangerous for Your Health?

Dr. Max Gomez of CBS News states that new research equates a sedentary lifestyle to having the same negative effect on our bodies as smoking. And it’s not just sitting around at home. It is also our sit-for-hours workdays, or jobs that require driving and sitting in the car for long periods of time that are part of an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle.

People who get regular physical activity have a more efficient immune system, which helps to ward off various disease such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and illnesses such as a cold or flu.

Lack of physical activity increases the loss of lean muscle tissue, making activities of daily living much more difficult to perform. Weakening of muscle strength and muscle fatigue is also a risk factor for job related injuries.

While not an equal substitute for exercise, some doctors recommend getting up once an hour from your desk, even if it’s just to walk around briefly or go to the bathroom. Some people have even started using combination treadmill desks at work — anything that contracts our muscles and gets blood flowing. Our bodies were designed for motion, regular movement will increase blood flow, brain function, strengthen our muscles and increase productivity.

The good news, says Dr. Dermont Phelan, of the Cleveland Clinic, is that it doesn’t mean that we have to go to the gym for 30 minutes in the middle of the day. Just a brisk walk, and we don’t have to do it continuously. Even doing 10 minutes several times a day will work.

So get up, get moving and enjoy a healthier lifestyle and better job performance!


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