Think eating a nutrient dense diet and regular exercise earns you great health? Not so fast. According to the Runner’s World online article “Sitting is the New Smoking-Even for Runners“, there is a “consistent body of emerging research suggesting that it is possible to meet current physical activity guidelines while still being incredibly sedentary. It is a bit like smoking. Smoking is bad for you even if you get lots of exercise. So is sitting too much”.
Here is my two cents.
§ Wouldn’t be counterproductive to exercise then become a couch potato the rest of the day. I get that there are people that have 45+ minute commutes to and work (for example), and proceed to a cubicle to work 8 hours. But in general, most physically active people are not “active couch potatoes”. They are not the type of people that just sit for hours on a regular basis.
§ If you are physically active, you are probably concerned about staying hydrated. You know what that means don’t you? Frequent restroom trips.
§ Those people who wear pedometers to work are on to something. You know who these people are. They tend to be in the 40+ age range and give you updates on how many miles they have walked at work that particular day. Kudos to them. To the group under 40 years old, being a “active couch potato” at work is not a good look. You don’t want to get the lazy label do you?
§ I do like that the article ended on a positive note. It gives the reader a positive and inexpensive remedy to its concern: “Stand up and take frequent, short activity breaks”.
§ Let’s be realistic though. When it’s been a long day at work ( and the weather isn’t cooperative) it’s not natural to spring into action and workout. With it being the middle of December, going to a warm home, ordering carryout, and browsing the internet seems like more fun to me at the moment.
I encourage you to read the article and comment what your take is from it.