Get Off Your Butt
|It’s easy to get stuck behind a desk and forget that there’s a life in front of it. Get off your butt and move. We already know sitting around is just plain bad for your emotional state but a new study in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise Journal has linked sitting around to chronic diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.The study looked at 12, randomly selected, non-obese guys in their 20s and put them through two trials. In one, they stay seated for three hours without moving and the other they were asked to get up and and onto a treadmill once every hour for five minutes.Researchers concluded that prolonged sitting even for just one hour actually impairs the blood flow to your legs and vascular function, which is a marker of cardiovascular disease. The study also found that five minutes of light walking every hour makes a huge difference in the blood flow rate.They did agree, however, more research needs to be done to determine exactly how sitting impairs vascular function, specifically when it comes to those already at risk for chronic diseases.Bottomline, the next time your boss sees you walking out the door in your ski jacket just tell him that you’re taking care of your heart and you’ll be back soon.