The Data Is In: Get Moving and Stay Moving
By Chad Kerksick, PhD | Thursday, June 7, 2012 9:54:49 AM America/New_York
Two important and sobering aspects of this study need to be discussed. For starters, these findings occurred after just one day of sitting too much. While the researchers did not specifically address this answer, what do you think would happen if this study was extended for another couple of days, a week, a month? I'm betting the results would initially show further decreases in metabolic health which would then level off at these lower levels for the rest of the time. The other important aspect in this study relates to the fact this was performed in young, healthy, active individuals who likely had very high levels of metabolic health before the study. Therefore, if these negative changes occur in people who are young and fit, they likely will happen in everyone and maybe to an ever greater degree than what was identified in this study.
How do you respond? Sure you can't start walking around the office all day and you have to sit down for meetings, talking on phone, computer work, etc. Heck, I'm sitting while writing this article, but make it a habit to get more activity throughout the day and every day. Go for a brief walk mid-morning and mid-afternoon, park farther away or take the stairs to visit a colleague on another floor for a brief meeting. And of course continue your exercise program. The body is made to move, it's up to you to find out ways to make that happen, but your overall health is counting on it.
Zderic TW, Stephens BR, Granados K, Braun B, Hamilton MT. Being Physically Fit or Restricting Calories Does Not Prevent Against the Acute Metabolic Effects of Too Much Sitting. 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society. October 1-5th, 2011. Presented on Sunday, October 2nd. Abstract # 150-P.