Living a less active life can be a leading you to the risk for heart disease and stroke- a study warns and suggests to “sit less and move more”.
The findings showed that sedentary lifestyle could be associated with an higher chances of risk which would be- developing diabetes, impaired insulin sensitivity (linked to diabetes) and an overall increased risk of death from any reasons.
Sedentary lifestyle would include sitting, reclining, or laying down while you are awake. Not only that but also reading, watching television or working on the computer.
These ‘inactive activities’ means, the energy expenditure is less than or equal to 1.5 metabolic equivalents [METs].
Doing moderate to vigorous physical activity usually requires 3.0 or more METs and doing light housework or slow, leisurely walking uses about 2.5 METs,
Researchers further said that, moderate to fit physical activity does not strike out the result of sedentary time. Even if physically active people spend a lot of their time being sedentary, will be prone to have the risk.
Director at Kaiser Permanente in California, US- Deborah Rohm Young, explains,”Regardless of how much physical activity someone gets, prolonged sedentary time could negatively impact the health of your heart and blood vessels.”
It is still not clear if people should substitute a prolonged sedentary lifestyle with easier movement or moderate to fine physical activity.
Young elaborates, “We don’t have information about how much sedentary behaviour is bad for health — the best advice at this time is to ‘sit less and move more.”
According to American Heart Association 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise in a week is recommended to avoid various health risks.
Young says in the paper published in the journal Circulation that, “However, instead of lumping all the exercise into one or two days, the goal is to encourage more consistent activity. ”