Movement is like food. We try to make the greater portion of our diet consist of items that nourish us, saving dessert as a small but satisfying treat. It is that way with activity. Ideally, we are in motion, on our feet, using our bodies to perform various tasks throughout the day, saving rest and seated behavior for short but savory periods of time.
“The amount of time that most Americans spend being inactive has risen steadily in recent decades. A 2009 editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that, on average, adults spend more than nine hours a day in oxymoronic ‘sedentary activities’.”
Here is an interesting article relating to our computer-bound lives. It discusses the long-
term health implications of a sedentary life-sorry, desk-jockeys.
If you sit for long hours, you experience no ‘‘isometric contraction of the antigravity (postural) muscles,’’ according to an overview of the consequences of inactivity published this month in Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews. Your muscles, unused for hours at a time, change in subtle fashion, and as a result, your risk for heart disease, diabetes and other diseases can rise.
From the Health desk of the New York Times, is a story of a study done by the Cooper Institute in Dallas, with some surprising results!
“What was unexpected was that many of the men who sat long hours and developed heart problems also exercised. The men worked out, then sat in cars and in front of televisions for hours, and their risk of heart disease soared, despite the exercise. Their workouts did not counteract the ill effects of sitting.”
Now I think I’ll get up from this computer and take Waldo for a walk.