Sickness Prevention

Exercise is integral sickness prevention for those with sedentary lifestyles

A recent study from Finland's University of Jyvaskyla's Department of Biology of Physical Activity highlights that light exercise is not enough to counteract the sedentary lifestyle among office workers.

Even though an employee can benefit from including regular exercise in their routine, there are still a number of health risks, including depression and heart disease, that may be attributed to a lifestyle that engages in daily prolonged periods of inactivity.

Researchers involved in the study measured the muscle activity and heart rates of healthy adults during periods of physical exercise and prolonged rest, and found that 30 to 150 minutes of exertion burned calories, but was not enough to mitigate excessive inactivity. In fact, even when engaging in daily exercise, researchers discovered that muscles, on average, remain 70 percent inactive in people with sedentary lifestyles.

The Mayo Clinic agrees that daily exercise is a crucial sickness prevention tool, as it may counteract the damage that sometimes results from a lack of exercise. However, for those who routinely engage in an inactive lifestyle, taking a break every few hours to go for a brisk walk may be beneficial.

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