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Sedentary Time Offset by Diet & Exercise


diet and exerciseIf you watch your diet and get aerobic exercise at least a few times a week, you'll offset your sedentary time…about as effectively as you could counter a pack-a-day smoking habit by jogging…

People don’t need the experts to tell them that sitting around too much will give them a sore back or a spare tire.

"The conventional wisdom... is that if you watch your diet and get aerobic exercise at least a few times a week, you'll effectively offset your sedentary time. A growing body of inactivity research, however, suggests that this advice makes scarcely more sense than the notion that you could counter a pack-a-day smoking habit by jogging. Exercise is not a perfect antidote for sitting," says Marc Hamilton, an inactivity researcher at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.1 

Investment vs. Expense

When considering furniture for our home office all too often we head off to a box store or go online to find the cheapest furniture that will meet our need. Small businesses often consider the cost impact of the furniture purchase to the bottom line without contemplating the high percentage impact of having just one employee absent due to health issues caused by their dedicated long hours at work.


The evidence is in, backed up and confirmed. It’s about time we stop ignoring the consequences of our sedentary lifestyle and decide to take responsibility for investing in our physical wellbeing. It’s too easy to blame our complacency on the fact that these solutions are more expensive. We need to ask ourselves “more expensive than what?” Is it more expensive than the increased risk of the myriad of health issues of which these studies warn us?
Employers now realize that the greatest asset they have are their people. We've gone through the 'great depression of cost reductions,' and now we are understanding the investments we have. Sustainability is front and center. There has been a 'media blitz' on creating sustainable environments. It's not either or, It's the 'yes AND' conversation. And the 'and' is how we have conversations about our own sustainability. (i.e. longevity of life). As many companies are targeting new hires, they want energetic, lively, sustainable and active people, which means they need a workplace that reflects that, supports and grows that activity. They understand that an active workplace is important for bottom line." -Nila R. Leiserowitz, Managing Principal, Gensler2
As important as this is to larger corporate environments, it is equally to small business offices and the growing trend toward home offices.

How much do we have to hear about “sitting is the new smoking” before we begin to take this seriously?


1 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17sitting-t.html?_r=1

2 Excerpts from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-schneider/workplace-wellness-7-work_b_5765678.html

Image via: http://www.healthline.com/health/quit-smoking/would-understand#9


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