Activity vs. Inactivity and Risk of Mortality
Health Tip Today: I hope you won your Super Bowl bets! I saw an add the other day and the slogan was basically that “sitting is the new smoking”. It got me to thinking and I remembered some other blogs I wrote about sitting and posture and how sitting for extended periods really creates problems relative to our health. In fact studies have indicated that too much sitting can actually shorten our life spans. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that inactivity contributes to twice as many deaths as obesity. There is an increase risk-for-all cause mortality with lower levels of physical activity. The good news is that the bad effects of associated with sedentary time generally were decreased in magnitude with higher levels of physical activity compared to lower levels. The take home message is that we need to “move-it” if our jobs consist of extended sitting and inactivity. As little as 20 minutes of exercise a day can provide some very needed benefits.