A sedentary lifestyle increases the risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and premature death, even with regular exercise. This disappointing conclusion was made by researchers from Toronto , after carefully analyzing the results of 41 studies.
David Alter, head of research at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, said: “The average person spends more than half of the day motionless – sitting in front of the TV or at the computer. According to our research, even the health benefits of regular exercise alone are not sufficient to reduce risks. ”
Sedentary lifestyles are different for different computer scientists. Someone buys expensive “ergonomic” chairs , someone promotes standing workplaces , someone even walking , someone (including me) exchanged an office chair for a fitball .
Sedentary workers have a 15-20% higher risk of dying from any cause, heart disease and cancer – and a frightening 90% higher risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study . It turns out that it is not enough to exercise for an hour a day, and after that the remaining time to sit on the priest exactly with a sense of accomplishment. It is necessary to get up regularly and stretch the muscles, periodically spending 15-20 minutes in a standing position.
Other scientists who have written a review of this work note that you cannot limit yourself to physical exercise. To maintain good health, you also need to eat right and get enough sleep.