Everyone knows that exercise is important to one’s overall health and well-being. With more and more people leading sedentary lifestyles, experts are constantly looking at what effects inactivity has on longevity, overall life-span, and quality of life. In a new study, it would appear that even the recommended 30 minutes of exercise is not enough for people who sit for six to eight hours a day.
In a report from US News, exercise is not enough and people need to get up and move around more in order to break up their long periods of inactivity. A leading group of cardiologists has reported that heart health can be greatly impacted by people who sit for extended periods of time without moving around, even if that same person is exercising regularly.
According to Healio Cardiology Today, the American Heart Association (AHA) feels that there are too many people who spend too much of their time sitting on their sofas or in chairs every day. Even for people who are in fact, physically active, the AHA is reporting that sedentary behavior is leading to increased risk for health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and impaired insulin sensitivity. All of these issues can lead to early mortality.
Although the AHA is pointing to sedentary lifestyles as being something that needs to be addresses, according to Reuters, they are taking into account the many reasons why a person might be sedentary. This includes links to mental health and other genetic components. However, no matter what the reason for a person to be generally inactive for long periods of time, the AHA wants people to know they have to move more and sit less.
In essence, taking a break from sitting can be a proactive measure to ensure better long-term health. There have been many studies done in which a person’s inactive lifestyle has been linked to increased risks for diseases, especially heart related ones. In one study, it was determined that for every hour a person sits in front of the television without moving, their chances for both fatal and nonfatal forms of heart disease increase by approximately six percent.
One way or the other, the AHA wants people to know that sitting more is leading to an increase in any number of health issues over time. All it takes is getting up and moving around more throughout the day, on top of the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day, in order to potentially make one’s quality of life that much better.
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By Dorothea James