It’s common knowledge that a sedentary lifestyle is harmful to your health. However, a lot of Americans are required to sit at desk for eight hours or more. New studies have found that exercise can help overcome the negative effects that come with sitting all day.
According to U.S. News & World Report:
“If you spend all day sitting on your rear end, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk — just make sure you can spare at least an hour.
Scientists analyzing data from more than 1 million people found that it takes about 60 to 75 minutes of “moderate intensity” exercise to undo the damage of sitting for at least eight hours a day. Not exercising and sitting all day is as dangerous as being obese or smoking, they found.”
The risks associated with too much sitting are expressed in an article on Mayoclinic.org
“Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer…”