In yet another study warning of the health dangers associated with a sedentary lifestyle U.S. researchers studying data on 650,000 people 40 years of age or older in Sweden found that 10 minutes of moderate exercise could boost life expectancy as much as 1.8 years.
That is not to say that by merely exercising 10 minutes per day will keep an individual healthy, quite the contrary. The more an individual can keep their body in motion the longer the expected lifespan according to this recent study and numerous others.
“More leisure-time physical activity was associated with longer life expectancy across a range of activity levels and body mass index groups,” researchers reported in the November issue of the journal PLOS Medicine, published by the Public Library of Science.
Normal weight individuals who are inactive, it was found, decrease their lifespan by approximately 4.7 years. Conversely, active normal weight individuals increased their lifespan an average of 7.2 years. Do the math and it is easy to extrapolate that those staying at a healthy BMI and remaining active outlive their sedentary overweight counterparts by nearly 12 years.
“These findings reinforce the public health message that both a physically active lifestyle and a normal body weight are important for increasing longevity,” the editors concluded.
However, that remains a challenge for many adults in the developed world. Increasingly occupations are sedentary in nature forcing extended periods of inactivity. The health damage caused by daily inactivity cannot be totally undone by a pre or post work exercise regimen. What is required is a fundamental shift in thinking regarding the work environment. Designing work tasks that may be completed while employees stay in motion is one approach taken by a number of innovative companies and by tens of thousands of individual workers.
“We designed the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk specifically for this purpose,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. “Due to technology our work environments have become totally sedentary so we have to look at ways at incorporating movement into the workspace that compliments the current path of technology and business tasks.”