But exercise can counteract it. A new study finds sitting too much during the day has been linked to a host of diseases, from obesity to heart problems and diabetes, as well as early death. It’s not hard to understand why: being inactive can contribute to weight gain, which in turn is a risk factor for heart attack, stroke, hypertension and unhealthy blood sugar levels.
Diet and exercise. These are the favorite solutions for losing weight. They are shouted from the hilltops, whispered secretly among the rank and file, noted in almost every article written to help the overweight and the obese, even by the pros. Yet on any given day, 45 percent of women in the U.S. are trying to lose weight, and 80 percent of people who lose weight can’t keep the lost weight from returning.
We are constantly told to find ways to be more active, yet with how hectic our lives have become this seems to be a part of our wellbeing that is often overlooked, avoided or completely ignored.
This can in part be linked to misconceptions about what being more active actually involves and one aspect that is rarely considered is simply finding ways to walk more.
Walking has a huge range of health benefits, many of which are completely disregarded, as it’s rarely associated as an action to take when trying to improve your health.
A recent study showed that employees can use work time for exercise or other health promoting measures and maintain the same level of productivity, or higher at work. Employees who spent 2.5 hours a week being physically active were more satisfied with the quantity and quality of their work, reported increased work ability and took less sick time than employees who did not engage in physical activity.