Studies Show the Risks of Leading a Sedentary Lifestyle

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Prefer sitting on the couch to cycling through city streets? You’re not alone. However, according to recent studies outlined by the Naples Daily News, a sedentary lifestyle can be life threatening at best and life ending at worst.

Studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle, one that lacks the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week, is as harmful to a person as smoking cigarettes. Americans who spend the majority of the day sitting on their rumps (all 40 to 50 million of them), are susceptible to a variety of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and premature death.

Research has shown that 60% of Americans don’t get enough exercise and 25% don’t get any exercise at all. Not only that, but The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight and a third are obese. Add all that up and it’s easy to see why a sizeable portion of the population is in real danger of losing their health and even their life.

So how can working men and women live a more active lifestyle? Sue Meredith of the Naples Daily News offers these tips:

• Make a real effort to find time to exercise. A few minutes before work, after work, or during your lunch hour can be a “real lifesaver,” Meredith says.

• Try fitting “mini workouts,” into your daily work routine. Mini workouts could be a simple as forgoing the elevator for the stairs or parking far from the entrance of an office building to get extra exercise.

• Leave your car at home whenever possible and walk to your destination instead. There’s no need to drive to the mail area of your apartment complex or to the nearby convenience store when you can walk and get your heart rate up. 

• Resist the urge to crash on the couch as soon as you get home from the office. Play outside with the kids, talk a walk in the park, ride your bike, anything is better than zoning out to the latest reruns of Two and a Half Men or King of Queens!

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