The new Northwestern Medicine study reveals a
surprising fact that being physically active doesn't stop women from sitting
too much in a day. Scientists working on the study took into consideration 91
healthy women aged between 40 and 75. The results revealed that though most
women were physically active and had regular workout sessions, they spent a
good 9 hours of the day sitting on an average.
With stagnant lifestyle and processed foods
making up a major part of our lives, we are already at a great risk of obesity
and other related health issues. Spending a lot of time sitting could elevate
the risk to an even higher level. Working on the computers for long hours
without breaks is known to accelerate fat deposition.
Lynette L Craft, the assistant professor in
preventive medicine at Northwestern University Fienberg school of Medicine
suggests that making small changes in your regular work could help you stay
away from obesity problems. Walking around the room while talking on the phone,
stretching your arms and feet every few hours and standing up from the desk as
often as possible can show an enormous difference in reducing the occurrence of
chronic illness like diabetes, cardiovascular ailments, obesity and even
cancers-all of which are accelerated due to lack of regular exercise.
Implementing a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet
and 8 hours of sound sleep does help keep you away from all potentially
life-threatening diseases, but incorporating at least 30-40 minutes of vigorous
exercise, preferably spread throughout the day in tiny sessions, is what
actually makes your body more flexible and your immune system healthier.