Don’t undo your exercise with too much sitting

Some health mistakes can stem from a misunderstanding of how exercise works. It might seem to the unfamiliar that the state of your body is sort of a push-and-pull affair. Eat too many sweets? Do some situps? Sit too long and work? Go for a run!

In fact, the biology is more complex than that, and it means that office workers can't just rely on physical activity to work off their bad habits. The better course of action may be to target those habits directly, with a daily schedule that makes it easier to stay active. Instead of the constant feelings of guilt, a healthy routine could include less sitting AND exercise for the best of both.

Some of this comes from an American Physiological Society story published earlier this month. This source quoted the Louisiana-based Pennington Biomedical Research Center Associate Executive Director for Population and Public Health Services Peter Katzmarzyk on the way sitting can harm even those who have a disciplined approach to fitness, as they can find themselves facing health issues.

"It appears that there are independent health effects associated with excessive sitting, and that even in people who are meeting the physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes per week, there are ill health effects associated with sitting excessively during the rest of the day," Katzmarzyk said.

It's not just exercise that can help reduce sitting. Workers can take breaks to walk, hold meetings on the go, or even add some extra walking time during their typical bathroom breaks. Making sure there's a nice balance of movement can be an active way to avoid staying put for too long.

A health professional can help you seize the benefits of this by guiding you through productive behaviors. Visit the Bronston Chiropractic & Community Care Clinic for more information, or click here to see some of our services and rates.