A recent review of existing research suggests there is “strong evidence” that time spent sitting is linked to a higher risk of death during the studies’ follow-up periods.
That’s bad news for those of us who are desk-bound for long stretches at a time at work. And using the stairs instead of the elevator can only get you so far. We’ve written before about one proposed solution to the problem: walking on a slow-moving treadmill while doing your work.
Another option, featured in research just published online by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, doesn’t require a wholesale rejiggering of office work stations. It’s a very quiet portable pedal exercise machine that you can buy from the manufacturer for under $200, including basic software that records your progress on your PC. You can adjust the resistance on the under-the-desk machine to either tool along easily or work hard enough to huff and puff (just keep your conference call on mute.)
By Katherine Hobson in the Wall Street Journal Health Blog
Scienta Health on December 1st 2010 in Topics of Interest
An overworked colleague who was told to exercise as part of her treatment for osteoporosis complained to me about how much she resented going to the gym.
“When I am walking on a treadmill I have the same frustration I have when I am stuck in a traffic jam on the way to work. The minutes are ticking away, the ‘to do’ list is growing longer by the second, and I am stuck on this walk to nowhere. I don’t have the time for this. I know I have to do it for my bones but I resent every minute.”
She is not alone in finding it difficult to justify spending time exercising despite its well known benefits. Like her, most people know that a regular exercise regimen will pay off in terms of heart and bone health, better sleep, improved memory, decreased stress, and weight stability. But like her, they resist or resent making physical activity a basic part of their routine.
The most obvious reason is lack of time. How does one fit going to the gym or for a run or walk when family, work, household obligations, social commitments, commuting and travel use up almost all available time?
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD writes in the Huffington Post Health Blog
Scienta Health on November 1st 2010 in Topics of Interest