According to the University of Cambridge, the negative effects of sitting for more than 8 hours a day either at work or at home can be countered by working out for an hour or even a brisk walk.
Since bus drivers in the English city of London were found to be at a higher risk for heart disease than the general public in the 1950’s, professionals in the science world have encouraged people to keep fit by incorporating physical exercise into their daily life.
A recent study claims that the reason for the death of over 5 million people was inactivity. If only we could do moderately intensive exercise at least an hour a day, we would be able to eliminate the increased risk of early death.
For those have to commute—take a cab, train or drive—there is a higher risk as you are “forced” to sit for long periods of time. If you do not long live far from your office or school, try walking a couple of times in the week to and fro and workout on weekends as well.
This new information doesn’t have to scare you. Like they say, knowledge is power. So the question is what are you going to do with it? Are you going to pretend that you don’t know this or will you get up and move? Literally. Park your car a bit far from your house if you can. Walk home, take a shower, then walk back to your car then drive it home. If you take public transport, get down a couple 100 metres away from the office then walk the rest of the way.