Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wellness Wednesday: Sitting down can cause death?

Today's Workout:
5 mile run

Hello everyone and happy hump day! Today's weather has had me feeling lethargic, but somehow I found the energy to go for a run. So is it the gloomy and rainy weather that makes us feel lazy or the fact that it's the middle of the week and the weekend seems so far away? Anyway, my triathlete friend Tina, sent me a great article that was too interesting not to share. Actually, I was rather shocked when I read it.

As I began reading the article, the title immediately got my attention: Why Exercise Isn't Enough. The article explained that people who exercise aren't necessarily the healthiest individuals. But how can that be? Doctors have always encouraged people to exercise in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but now they're saying that exercise isn't enough?

In a study that was conducted in Australia, researchers examined 200,000 people and separated them into groups according to the prevalence of their physical activity. They were then categorized based on how many hours they SIT DOWN AT WORK. The results of the study were shocking!

The researchers concluded that there's a link between sitting down too long and mortality. They found that even though people exercised regularly, they are still at risk for dying sooner than people who did not sit down as many hours. They also found that people who had cardiovascular disease and diabetes were even more at risk of mortality than those who exercised. Basically, if you sit down for more than 11 hours a day, the benefits of exercising are essentially wiped out.

Most of us, even cops like me, sit down for long hours during the day. So, you're probably wondering what you can do to fix this problem. After all, not going to work is not an option, so what are the remedies you may ask. Well, according to Dr. Joyner, there's a few things we could do differently at work. For instance,

1. Ride your bike or walk to work.

2. If #1 is not an option, then have a mobile lunch. Take a brisk walk or run during your lunch hour.

3. Use email differently. Instead of sending an email to your colleague, walk to their location and have a conversation with them.

Moral of the Story: Don't just exercise, be active at work!
Gratitude Journal: I'm grateful for the unexpected opportunities I receive.
Quote: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." -Henry David Thoreau
Positive Affirmation: I drop habits that no longer serve me. 

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  1. Great post! I know that for students (especially at my school where everyone commutes), they are sitting for several hours! Lectures can be long and require no activity. Luckily, I get to walk to classes, as well as walk around campus in between classes and studying. I also try to take the stairs instead of the elevators (as well as no short cuts)... I figure if I do that 4 times per day, the benefits add up.

  2. That's definitely a good thing you're doing! Keep it up =)