For those looking for the latest and greatest health-related reason to launch an exercise plan, unfortunately, you may not find much to inspire you in today's post. Instead, you may very skeptical about even starting one, but don't be…
Based on a review of some 4,500 patients who participated in the 2003 Scottish Health Survey, folks who spend more than four hours every day sitting in front of a TV or computer have a 48 percent greater risk of dying for any reason. Sound familiar?
Spending just two hours in front of your flat screens increases the risk of a cardiovascular event by a whopping 125 percent too. In fact, those risk percentages were separate from generally agreed-on health problems like hypertension, BMI and smoking. The presence of C-reactive protein, a blood protein that rises in response to inflammation, was also a factor, as levels were two times higher among patients sitting for more than four hours each day.
Long story short, the damage people do to their bodies by being so sedentary for long periods of time is so great, researchers speculate exercise may not make a difference. Unfortunately, that's what many folks will want to see and hear, but there's a bit more to this…
Before you consider using this study to justify giving up your gym membership, scientists are planning ahead for the next phase, in hopes of determining how a sedentary lifestyle harms patients for the short and long haul and how lifestyle changes can increase movement and reduce sitting.
There's no magic pill or shortcut to better health, and we've cited a great deal of research in this space that supports the value of lifestyle changes and exercise, especially for cancer patients.
As Andy Dufesne said The Shawshank Redemption, "Get busy living, or get busy dying." The clock is ticking, folks…
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Vol. 57, No. 3, p. 292-299, January 18, 2011
MSNBC January 10, 2011
ScienceDaily January 10, 2011