Sitting is killing us. It’s time to take a stand
April 25, 2016 | By Catherine Cameron
Did you know Canadian adults are sedentary for about 9.5 hours a day? This time can largely be attributed to desk jobs and the amount of time we spend in our cars. It also stems from the time we spend seated on breaks, at meetings, at lunch, and on the couch with the remote in hand.
Research confirms that a sedentary lifestyle poses a major health risk – and it’s NOT one offset by daily trips to the gym. While a commitment to exercising regularly does offer health benefits, it does not counter the negative effects of sitting the rest of the day. In fact, some research suggests we’d be better off participating in several mini workouts throughout the day as opposed to one longer one.
A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, elevated cholesterol , some forms of cancer, and many more chronic conditions and diseases. There’s also evidence to suggest a sedentary lifestyle may significantly increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Working closely with many health and medical professionals in Canada as I do, they frequently share with me that so many of the patient complaints and conditions they see, could be eliminated, helped, or better managed with increased exercise. Some prescribe exercise to their patients. All believe exercise is powerful medicine.
Just as I’m saddened to see kids chained to their desks at school, I’m equally disturbed when I hear from employees trapped in a workplace that doesn’t value and strive to optimize employee physical and mental health. Happily, the new Walk@Work Program I launched with Urban Poling is designed to help employers invest in the wellness of those they hire. Read more about this new program or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Having led fitness classes for over 27 years and with a personal training background too, I often tell people to forget about what could have been or should have been and to focus on what will be. It’s never too late to become more active and every step we take has benefits.
Today’s a perfect day to turn over a new leaf, to make a fresh start, or to encourage someone else to do the same.
Catherine CameronA marketing communications professional with over twenty years of experience, Catherine is President at CAMERON Communications in Toronto. Also a fitness instructor of 27 years, Catherine works with some of Canada’s leading health and lifestyle brands (Tennis Canada, ParticipACTION, DeerFields, Heart and Stroke Foundation and more) and has inspired thousands of Canadians to adopt healthier lifestyles. Catherine is also our Lead FITPRO Ambassador and the founder and director of our Walk@Work Program. She lives in Toronto with her family and is an avid runner, cyclist, and fitness enthusiast. Visit her website.
Poles assist in maintaining proper posture but at times you may find yourself leaning forward. Remember to keep your spine erect, tummy tucked in, eyes forward, chin tucked and shoulders relaxed. And just one more thing to remember, have fun with it!
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education