Exercise Reduces The Negative Effects Of Sitting

Don't just sit; keep fit!

Glued to your chair all day at work or in school? All the more reason for you to exercise daily.

It may not seem like a big deal, but sitting for long periods of time can actually cause obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancers. Of course we can’t avoid sitting forever, but there are ways to prevent its negative effects from taking their toll on us. By simply exercising and keeping fit, you are less likely to be affected by sitting.

A new study from the Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests being physically active could protect you from the risks associated with sitting for hours. A team assessed the fitness levels of 1,304 men, who were asked to self-report their inactive time. The results: those who spent most of their time sitting had higher levels of systolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, body fat percentage, BMI, and waist circumference, while those who exercised were less inclined to developing diabetes, heart disease, or excess body fat.

Here’s a tip: instead of spending your breaks surfing the web or making chika in the pantry, take a walk around your office or run errands that require you to travel a short distance (without taking a cab or tricycle, of course).

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Sources: Time.com and cnn.com.ph

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