Tag Archives: sedentary behavior
Aim to exceed weekly recommended physical activity level to offset health harms of prolonged sitting
I have written about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle numerous times as well as the benefits of regular exercise.
New additional research shows that increasing physical activity can counter early death risk linked to long periods of sedentary time.
The health harms associated with prolonged sitting can be offset by exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in new global guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behavior, published in a special dedicated issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
But all physical activity counts and is good for long term health, say the new guidelines.
It’s the first time that a recommendation of this kind has been made. It reflects a large and growing body of evidence linking extensive sedentary time to serious ill health and a heightened risk of early death.
New data published in the same special issue, show that adults who clock up long hours of sedentary time every day can counter these risks by increasing the amount of physical activity they do.
Some 20 years ago today I started my retirement. If you have a hard time believing that, don’t feel bad, so do I. For my 80th birthday, last January, my girlfriend gave me a T shirt that says “I thought growing old would take longer.” Truer words were never spoken, or written on a T shirt.
To celebrate this retirement milestone, I would like to pass on to you what I consider to be the most important information you can get regarding retirement.
“Retirement refers to the time of life when one chooses to permanently leave the workforce behind.”
I have talked about overweight and obesity statistics here repeatedly. By now, is there anyone who doesn’t know that 60 percent of us at overweight and 30 percent of us outright obese.
You can read chapter and verse on How Does Obesity Affect You? personally.
We have let ourselves go to the point that employers are now paying for it.
The Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal talks about the costs in detail. “A 2011 Gallup survey estimated obese or overweight full-time U.S. workers miss an additional 450 million days of work each year, compared with healthy workers, resulting in more than $153 billion in lost productivity.”
Typically 20 percent of a company’s employees drive 80 percent of the health-care costs. and about 70 percent of the costs are related to chronic conditions resulting from lifestyle choices like overeating or sedentary behavior.
Companies, trying to get control of their rocketing healthcare costs, are fighting back. Last month CVS shocked some employees by asking for personal health metrics, like body fat, blood sugar, etc. or pay a $600 penalty. Michelin is adding as much as $1000 to health care costs of employees with high blood pressure or large waistlines.
After talking and writing about this for over three years, I wonder what it will take to get folks to do something about their personal health.
If you are reading this blog, perhaps that can be a first step. Check out How to Lose Weight – And Keep it Off.