Standing against Sitting
Standing against Sitting. Increasing evidence suggests prolonged sitting – even “productive” sitting, as many of us do at work every day – is associated with profound health risks – even death – compared to more active behaviors. The trouble is, evidence also suggests the solution isn’t as simple as swapping out time sitting with time exercising. You can exercise for four hours a day at the gym, but if the remainder of your time is spent sitting, you increase your risk of developing cancer, heart disease and other entirely unpleasant –and life-threatening – conditions.
Now here’s the good news. If you can’t swap out sitting for exercising, new research suggests a simple solution: taking short breaks from sitting throughout the day. According to the study, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, (1) periodic five-minute walks reduce impaired blood flow in leg arteries, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, among other health issues. In the study, improvements were seen in participants who walked five minutes on a treadmill for every hour they spent sitting.
You probably don’t have a treadmill at work, but just about anyone in a sedentary occupation can find a few minutes every hour to get up from your chair, stretch and do a little walking, whether it’s around the block outside your office, climbing stairs if you’re in a high-rise building, or even strolling from one end of the building to the other and back a few times.
As one of the five pillars supporting thriving health, an integral part of the Health-e-Solutions lifestyle always includes a consistent exercise regimen. We want to help you realize the importance of exercise, but also the complexities involved in managing blood sugars while incorporating exercise into your daily routine.
Our 40-page downloadable, printable report on exercise and diabetes equips you to make exercise with diabetes, particularly insulin-dependent diabetes, more manageable, fun, and practical. Put your body in a position of strength by promoting, supporting and creating health. Get tools and solutions to help minimize consequences and maximize benefits for nutrition, environment, exercise, sleep and stress management.