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.
AdvertisementLynette 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.