Sedentary Behavior: Deleting Years from Your Life

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 focusing on the effects sedentary behavior has on their lifespan. No matter the age, more physical activity and less time sitting increases health and cognitive functions in childhood and adulthood.

NHANES Survey Brings Light to Dark Issue

NHANES calculated the average adult spends 55% of their day engaged in sedentary pursuit. Simply put, 55% of every day is sitting motionless in a state of inactivity. Sedentary behavior shortens lifespans because it is associated with increased risk of developing chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The more time you spend a day sitting, the more years you are taking off your life. This goes for sitting on a computer or in front of a TV, along with any other reason for prolonged sitting.

Physical activity is an important component of healthy aging and preserving a cognitive mind. The more exercise you get on a regular basis throughout the course of each day, the healthier you will be physically and mentally. This doesn’t mean you need to move around and walk for eight hours during the work day. Simply standing every hour and doing light, quick exercises can increase your health just as much. This is where we come in. With ExerClock we remind your employees to do specific, professional videos which will increase their health.

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