Smashing yourself at the gym for an hour, then spending the rest of the day stuck in front of your computer or slumped in your favourite armchair watching television, can be likened to being a marathon runner who smokes.
And just like smoking, sedentary behaviour isn’t good for you, regardless of whether or not you exercise.
But before you quit the gym, read on. Exercise is definitely good for you, and helps reduce the incidence of nasties like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. But new research suggests that just because you ticked the exercise box for the day, it doesn’t prevent the detrimental effects of prolonged periods of inactivity.
Due to advances in technology, being inactive has become one of our most popular pastimes. Studies in recent years have shown a clear association between prolonged periods of inactivity and morbidity (disease) and mortality (death).
A recent study found that individuals who participate in more than seven hours of moderate to vigorous exercise per week BUT who also watch more than seven hours of television per day had twice the risk of cardiovascular mortality as those who do the same amount of exercise but only watch one hour of television per day.
So the message is pretty clear, exercise – yes absolutely – but don’t think you can then become a sloth for the rest of the day.