A new study enforces the importance of desk exercise and states that sitting at the office all day is deadlier than smoking. Yes, your job will be the death of you: Sitting in front of a computer for eight hours a day could increase your risk of premature death by 60%.
The study, made by The Lancet, studied over a million people and its findings show that approximately 1 in 4 aduls globally, as well as 80% of school-going teenagers are failing to meet the World Health Organization’s (site) recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercises per week.
Physical inactivity is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, inasmuch as it is associated with more than 5 million deaths per year.
It is the first global economic analysis of physical inactivity, and also states interesting nuggets of trivia like how such inactivity costs the world economy over $67.5 billion per year in health care costs as well as lost productivity.
The authors of the Series warn that little has been done to address this pandemic of inactivity.
One hour of physical activity, the study says, offsets the health risk of 8 hours of sitting. Whether on the job or binging on a TV marathon.
More than staving off the physical health risks, exercise is associated with lower risks of brain decline as well, with cardiovascular activity helping reduce the risks of dementia by the way it elevates the heart rate and gets those “juices” flowing, increasing the blood flow overall through the body and to the brain.
So we now have definitive numbers on the actual recommendation on the time required for moderate exercise daily to offset your sedentary lifestyle. Adjust accordingly if you work longer.
That is, when you work for 8 hours a day, spend an hour exercising or doing brisk activity.
But you can always do away with all that extra time and effort by just getting yourself a bike desk.
Also known as a desk cycle, you get to do a desk exercise for as long as you want, without the risks involved because your legs and mid-to-lower body is moving, and overall, you’re exercising at the same time you’re doing the work.
It’s physical multitasking at its finest, because face it, when you’re working, your legs are not doing anything anyway, and are static and at rest the whole time uselessly.
There have been a lot of such office exercise equipment that have come out lately, but what sets the bike desk apart is because it has the least impact. least movement (compared to, say, the treadmill desk which is very disruptive and makes it very difficult to write or type while you’re doing the walking motion on it).
With and under-desk-bicycle, you make use of the time you’re doing working when your legs would have been at rest, and get them exercising at the same time.
Not only is this more fun and helps you do your work better, but it removes the need for an extra hour after work to do your exercise: you’re already doing it while working.
This way, you get the best of being able to work as much as you want, while staying healthy and doing a desk exercise that addresses the risks that used to be involved with it while encouraging blood flow and helping you mentally get the work done better and more enjoyable.