One of the side benefits of using a treadmill desk at work is burning off extra calories. At TrekDesk we really try to focus on the health, productivity and mood enhancement boosts that are gained by walking and working. However a majority of medical evidence points towards the necessity of keeping our waistlines in check and the knee jerk reaction for most Americans seems to lead them down the path of dieting rather than increasing activity levels.
Americans are confused by what appears to be conflicting medical reports and we can certainly understand why. Just recently we published a blog about a German study which discovered a potential increase in lifespan for individuals who were overweight which undoubtably adds a lot of confusion for one simple reason. The focus on weight in studies without an equal examination of activity levels leads to skewed impressions about the correlation between weight and health.
A new study out of the UK shows a direct link between extra pounds and obesity to the top ten common cancers. This study is not to be ignored, evaluating more than 5 million adults in the UK and their affiliated risks of cancers based on a higher body mass index (BMI).
The study, conducted at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Farr Institute of Health Informatics estimate that approximately 12,000 individuals suffer cancers from 10 categories annually. Worse, they predict that at current BMI projected levels this will increase to 15,500 cases annually.
Make no mistake there is a direct link between increasing BMI levels and the risks of cancers along with a myriad of other chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. This is a well established fact among hundreds of studies. But are we missing a large part of the puzzle by only focusing on BMI and weight in these studies and ignoring the activity component?
A study out of Stanford University recently revealed that main contributor to the obesity problem in the United States was inactivity, not diet. In fact, they found that Americans consume roughly the same amount of calories they did decades ago but they move considerably less during the day leading to weight gain.
Here at TrekDesk Treadmill Desk we believe most Americans tune out what they see as conflicting health reports and give up on realistic health goals that seem unachievable. This was substantiated by a NIH study that stated the top reason why less than 5% of Americans adults work out on a regular basis- lack of time and lack of motivation. We wonder if a third reason should be added: confusion.
Relax. Do your best to stay in motion each day, eat sensibly and live a clean life. Seems simple enough doesn’t it?