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The Way Out

The Way Out

The way to change this sedentary epidemic:

  • Exercise and be active all day, not just for an hour a day.
  • Rethink your working style.
  • Limit the number of sitting hours.
  • Make it a habit to eat right.

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Exercise Defined

Exercise is a  movement of the body to enhance physical fitness. 

Most people know that exercise is important for the physical development of the self, yet a majority of them are skipping exercise often.

Decrease in Human Strength

Historic evidence suggests that for many thousands of years, human beings were more active and stronger than today. 

The early humans had increased movement and activity, like going for long and tiring hunts, walking long distances that took weeks, making the prehistoric humans fitter than the best athletes today.

Technology as the Culprit

Technological breakthroughs have reduced our activity to a great extent ( vacuum cleaners, washer-dryers, self-cleaning ovens, and even cars).

The rise of the internet gave us a whole lot of technology, curbing our need to move even more.

Change in Work Profiles

While we aren't replacing our saved energy with a different activity, in the past 70 years, hard and manual labor, which required toil and sweat, has been replaced by desk jobs, leading to sedentary lifestyles.

Sedentary Lifestyle Death Toll

Sedentary lifestyle diseases like heart disease/strokes and diabetes are the leading cause of death in the world, according to the World Health Organization.

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Make time for exercise
  • Pick a regular (sedentary) part of your routine and switch it out for an active choice: Instead of the elevator, take the stairs;
  • Commit to movement after the most frustrating, stressful part of your week:  after a weekly meeting or work task;
  • Work out while you watch TV: you get to indulge the part of your brain that's telling you to lie down on the couch while actually circumnavigating laziness.

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Exercise and health

Exercise is like a wonder drug for many health outcomes: reducing blood pressure, reduces the risk of diabetes of heart diseases and slows developing cognitive impairment from Alzheimer's and dementia. 

But as for losing weight, it helps more in weight maintenance than in losing the actual weight.

Re-engineer the work environment
  • remove chairs and desk seating
  • encourage walking meetings
  • create walking tracks
  • introduce a pedometer program
  • use mobile sets instead of traditional phones
  • introduce games to the workplace
  • offer activity monitors
  • advise employees on activity and nutrition
  • add desks with movement interventions, such as treadmills
  • sit on bounce balls.