The Easiest Ways to Combat a Sedentary Lifestyle

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With the decline of American manufacturing jobs and other blue collar work, more and more people spend the day in an office sitting. Now, mounting research evidence suggests that this cubicle work may be slowly killing us. Sedentary lifestyles are associated with dramatic reductions in health, even in those who exercise regularly. Thus, taking small steps to boost daily physical activity can have a profound effect on overall health.

Research About Sedentary Lifestyles


A recent article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings described a large study that tracked 2,223 participants and their health. Analyses by cardiologists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that a sedentary lifestyle decreases overall cardiovascular fitness. The negative impact of sitting for six hours each day was a similar size to the cardiovascular benefit achieved by exercising for an hour. Thus, even those people who exercise regularly experience a significant decrement in health if they are sedentary for much of their day.

Combating a Sedentary Lifestyle

1. Little Steps Count


Few of us have the luxury of switching professions into something that incorporates more physical activity. If you’re bound to a desk all day, even small changes in your routine may benefit your long term health. Begin by becoming more conscious about the amount of time you’ve spent sitting. Every hour, get up from your desk and move around a bit. This may include pacing while you’re making a phone call, stretching for a few minutes while thinking, or taking a quick lap around the office.

2. Use a Pedometer