Defining Sedentary

Do you have a sedentary lifestyle,
even if you go to the gym?

sed·en·tar·y
ˈsednˌterē/ | adjective

characterized by much sitting and little physical exercise.

The term sedentary is misconceived and misused. Someone who is sedentary doesn’t just mean someone who isn’t active. It’s someone who isn’t active a lot during their day. You may hit the gym for two hours each night, but if you’re sitting at your desk at work for 7.5 hours of the day, you’re still sedentary.

Unfortunately exercise doesn’t necessarily cut the risks of being sedentary the rest of the day.

According to Marc Hamilton, a physiologist in Baton Rouge, a person who sits 60 hours at a desk job, but still works out for 45 minutes a day, five times a week still has a sedentary lifestyle. What that comes down to is people with the highest levels of non-exercise activity, such as mowing the lawn, emptying the dishwasher, regular daily stuff, burn significantly more calories than people who just work out regularly.

Something that stands out is the difference can even be as simple as standing. Those who stand while working burn more calories than those who don’t, no matter how much the sedentary worker actually works out. Those who MOVE while working have the best of all worlds.

So, what can you do?

We need to be more active at our jobs. Taking a moment to stand up and stretch can make a huge impact on our day, both physically and mentally. Taking a walk during your break or hitting the office gym can help increase your physical activity. Talk to your employer about sit-stand desks, moving desks, and bringing movement into your day.

It comes down to science…and the science tells us that sitting is the new smoking.

2018-06-13T12:41:55+00:00 May 15th, 2018|