It is no secret that the modern working lifestyle can bring around various health and fitness problems, with office jobs meaning that the general public is much less active than they need to be. Although some people make up for this by working out before or after office hours, some people can find it hard to motivate themselves to fit in some form of exercise.
Research shows that people who spend a lot of time sitting are much more likely to experience adverse health problems such as obesity or diabetes. As more research comes to light, experts are finding out more about the benefits of exercise on specific aspects of life, such as mobility and strength. Now, scientists confirm that swapping 30 minutes of sitting for 30 minutes of activity can actually play a huge part in a person’s lifespan.
The study that was carried out in 2017 compared activity rates to mortality rates, to see whether there was any correlation between the two. The study showed that those who sat for the same amount of time, but with added activity inbetween showed to have less likelihood of early death.
Although the research showed positive signs and easy areas for improvement, it did fail to identify how intense or regular exercise should be to maximise the results. To find out more, the researchers analysed participant activity through an activity monitor, to see who was most active.
This was one of the few ways that the researchers could get a reliable insight into the level of intensity that is needed for participants to get the most out of their training.
The results showed that those who swapped 30 minutes of inactivity for low-intensity activity saw the chance of early death cut by 17%. For those who did moderate to high-intensity exercise, the benefits were doubled; as participants saw a 35% less chance of early death.
Although we did know that activity can reduce the chance of early death, we didn’t know that the benefits could be so huge. Down to the huge reductions in the chance of mortality, there needs to be more focus on the benefits of keeping fit, as a lot of people avoid exercise because they have a negative relationship with fitness, as they associate it with effort, whereas, this is in fact not the case.
One of the study’s lead researchers, Keith Diaz, Assistant Professor of behavioural medicine at Columbia University has said; “If you have a job or lifestyle that involved a lot of sitting, you can lower your risk of early death by moving more often, for as long as you want and as your ability allows – whether that means taking hour-long high-intensity spin class or choosing lower-intensity activities, like walking.”
Overall, this is massively positive for those who are trying to encourage more people to get fit and combat inactivity, as it is now proven that any level of exercise can provide huge benefits to participants. This can play a huge part in helping keep people active, as participants know that any work they put in will pay off in the long run, which can act as a huge motivator for people who don’t really enjoy being active.