Clinical Research Articles Related to Sedentary Lifestyles
Educational Resources Link Inactivity to Serious Health Consequences
The negative effects of prolonged sitting and a sedentary lifestyle are no secret. For well over two decades, health professionals and medical journals have been researching and publishing studies and articles detailing these negative effects, in efforts to spread awareness to working professionals living sedentary lifestyles. Browse through the research and article library below to help you understand the need for regular activity to reduce in-activity associated health risks and costs.
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External and Internal Damage Caused By Sitting Too Long Sitting for 8 hours or more a day is not something the human body is used to. The negative effects range from blood flow to spinal troubles. Blood flow slows when you sit, increasing the risk of high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. A study done in 2011 found a decline in insulin response after just one day of sitting! Numerous types of cancers can appear in various organs as a side effect of sitting for 8 hours or more a day. With...read more.
Sedentary Lifestyles Lead to Debilitating Diseases Many office workers spend an entire day sitting with no way to get up and exercise. Mounting evidence proves spending hours every day sitting at a desk can lead to serious health consequences and disability later on in life. Even more concerning is studies which show moderate exercise after work is not enough to counter the negative effects of sitting 8-5. These sobering facts and the increase in obesity throughout the country have lead many em...read more.
Corporations and Individual Workers Reap the Benefits When companies introduce a health plan or grant everyone access to a health facility, improvements do take place. Workers are healthier – both physically and mentally – while businesses experience a safer workplace, leading to an increase in productivity and financial returns. Having a wellness program in place takes away the main “I have no time” excuse of the average sedentary person. With ExerClock, each worker is...read more.
Humans Were Made to Move The need for movement is embedded in our genes. Dating back to our hunter-gatherer days, mankind has always been moving around. As the population’s sedentary society continues to grow, more and more metabolic diseases are taking place. Studies have shown that annually 1 out of every 10 disease-specific deaths in the U.S. is caused by physical inactivity. Not only does the inactive lifestyle affect our physical health, but also our mental health. Research Supports...read more.
Cut the Doubt Out of Your Mentality The major factor holding back the majority of people from a healthy lifestyle is their own minds. It’s a sad fact not all men and women believe they deserve to be healthy and happy. They’re constantly putting themselves down and believing a healthy life is just not for them. If these misguided individuals slip up on one thing, they beat themselves up and accept defeat, going back to the unhealthy lifestyle. They’re sick of being on a diet. T...read more.
Workplace Exercise Software Reduces Sick Days and Encourages Good Health Obesity and chronic health problems have been consistently rising over the past years. A large contributing factor is the sedentary lifestyle many people are engaging in. On average, workers sit for approximately 76% of the day, which research indicates leads to serious health problems such as cancer and heart disease. People who sit for 11 or more hours per day have a 40% increased risk of death compared to peers who are ...read more.
Encourage Healthy Lifestyle Choices with a Corporate Wellness Program There is proven evidence chronic diseases such as type two diabetes, heart disease and hypertension can be prevented. The rise of a sedentary lifestyle in recent years has greatly contributed to high rates of obesity and chronic illnesses which are associated with poor diet and lack of physical activity. Due to the obesity epidemic across the nation, many employers are looking for ways to improve the health, productivity and ...read more.
Sedentary Lifestyles Lead to Toxic Glucose Levels Desk bound lifestyles and the chronic diseases which accompany inactivity cause over 300,000 premature deaths and over 90 billion dollars in direct healthcare costs annually. While there are many factors which lead to chronic diseases, an excess of glucose in our bodies due to lack of physical activity can most quickly be changed by incorporating exercise into your daily life. While our bodies require glucose for normal function, an excess of gl...read more.
Incorporating Physical Activity into your Daily Life Drastically Reduces the Development of Chronic Diseases According to a recent report by the CDC, only 20% of American adults over the age of 18 meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity. On average, adults need to exercise at least 2.5 hours per week, at a moderate intensity level (brisk walking). Getting into a daily exercise routine and staying active throughout the day will help you build muscle, keep your heart healthy and str...read more.
USA Life Expectancy Dropping According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the life expectancy in the USA would be 2 years higher if adults reduced their time spent sitting every day. This is the same amount of years taken off the average American as smoking. In order to attain the desired health benefits of exercise, people typically need 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity. With these studies now showing the same data, people are focusin...read more.