A new study has found that the benefits of moderate exercise are ruined if you regularly sit at your desk during work of spend hours in front of the television.
The study, which was published yesterday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease by about 25%, as it reduces the ability of the body to burn fat and shuts off the bloodstream’s vital enzymes.
Additionally, the study found that for every extra hour a woman sat and watched television their risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes rose by about 26%, despite how much moderate exercise they also undertook throughout the day.
The report has spurred doctors to recognize the need for a campaign against such lifestyles claiming that that ‘muscular inactivity’ has become as large of a problem as lifestyles that do not involve exercise.
Vice-chairwoman of the National Obesity Forum Jane DeVille-Almond stated that employers need to become aware that there are many damaging effects to workers who have sedentary lifestyles.
DeVille-Almond continued to state that employees need to be conscious of this fact and schedule time for small exercises and breaks throughout the day, as part of a regular work programme.
She also stated that taking the time to perform simple exercises throughout the work day can help in ways, such as moving at least once per hour or standing up while on the phone so that the pattern of sitting is broken.