Being Sedentary Worse for Your Health than Diabetes, Smoking and Heart Disease
A new study out of Cleveland Clinic in the journal JAMA Network Open has some shocking results. The study, which looked at treadmill stress tests on more than 122,000 patients showed that being sedentary led to a higher mortality rate than having diabetes, smoking or heart disease.
The study looked at treadmill stress tests among people who ranged from being sedentary and unfit, to extremely fit. They found that sedentary participants had a 390% higher risk of death when compared to those who exercised regularly. When compared to those in the “extremely fit” category, the risk jumped to 500%.
Dr. Wael Jaber, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic and senior author of the study told CNN, “We all know that a sedentary lifestyle or being unfit has some risk. But I’m surprised they overwhelm even the risk factors as strong as smoking, diabetes or even end-stage disease. People who do not perform very well on a treadmill test,” Jaber said, “have almost double the risk of people with kidney failure on dialysis.”
If you live a lifestyle that is sedentary, meaning you spend much of your time sitting, then this study should be a major wake up call to get moving. One of the hardest places to implement movement into your lifestyle is at the workplace.
When your job requires you to be at a desk in front of a computer for at least eight hours a day, it can feel like you are chained to the very sedentary lifestyle you are trying to avoid. The good news is there are ways to combat the “sitting disease” without changing your job.
Utilizing a motion office chair, like a swopper or 3Dee, allows you to move in three dimensions while you work. When you bounce, tilt and sway while you work, your body is never in a sedentary position. Your risk from sedentary behaviors drops dramatically.
Researchers agree that incorporating movement into your lifestyle is the best way to stave off health issues. When you combine sitting in motion at work with a regular fitness plan, you are ensuring that you are doing your part to keep optimal health.