People may notice that sitting, whether behind a desk or on a coach, with little or no physical activity can produce some unpleasant and unhealthy side-effects. People that end up sitting most of the day may find their waistline has expanded a few inches. Additionally, the exclusion of daily physical activity, at least 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week, helps to contribute to physical erosion.
Sitting Too Long
Research presented at the Second International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health indicates sitting for extended periods of time causes the body to turn off its fat-burning mechanisms. Lipase, a critical hormone essential for the breakdown of fats, was suppressed to only 10 percent of its normal level in rats and pigs held stationary for several hours. “That is virtually shut off,” said Dr. Marc Hamilton one of the researchers.
When researchers followed up with a test on humans who sat for long periods, they found that lipase was suppressed in them as well. This suppression contributes to higher LDL levels, slower metabolism and increased retention of fat. Hamilton says people who sit all day need to get up and move. He says typing at a keyboard or slight movement of the arms is not nearly enough to maintain normal lipase activity.
Movement Helps Maintain Calorie Burning Ability
Presently, the body develops the same way the body our Stone Age did. It is meant to run, climb, walk, stretch and bend. Sitting nearly and staying stationary for hours is opposite what the human body is built for. Hamilton suggests people get up from their desk and move their legs and posterior (muscles of the backside) muscles. These muscles compose a high percentage of the skeletal muscles. Researchers are not sure how long lipase activity is suppressed after activity resumes.
The key is to move. When the body doesn’t move, it loses its ability to move. As people get older they move less, this, in turn, diminished their ability to move. If people want to move well when they get old, they have to move when they’re young. Sitting a desk is analogous a sedentary lifestyle, contributing to diseases and illness.
Motion is Vital to Staying Well
Life is motion, stop moving and you stop living. Motion is vital to staying well while aging. The body and muscles function well when worked. Think about it, exercise is simply movement of the body. Along with the evident cardiovascular and muscular merits of physical training, working out and strenuous activity transport vital fluids all over the human body. Cellular waste products are eliminated through the physiological compression and stretching that takes place with exercise and motion.
That’s another great reason to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle; the body was designed to move. There are many reasons why people choose to exercise and many reasons why people want not to. If you’re not currently physically active, consider incorporating some physical activity into your lifestyle, you will feel better, move better and may even live longer!