Most adults will agree that finding the time to get in the recommended amount of physical activity (150 minutes per week) can be difficult. However, we all know physical activity is important for our health. If you can’t find time to have an intense workout at the gym, try going for a walk! Every step counts.
A study recently published in the International Journal of Obesity found longer time spent in sedentary posture is significantly associated with higher risk for Congenital Heart Disease and larger waist circumference. This cross-sectional study included 111 healthy, non-smoking Glasgow postal workers who wore activePAL physical activity monitors for 7 days. Cardiovascular risk was also assessed by using metabolic syndrome categorization and 10-year PROCAM (prospective cardiovascular Munster) risk. Many participants in the study had metabolic syndrome, and the syndrome was associated with less physical activity: fewer steps, shorter stepping duration and longer sitting time. Additionally, the participants with no metabolic syndrome indicators were the most active. They walked at least 15,000 steps a day on average and spent more than 7 hours per day upright. Despite the fact that this was not a long-duration study, the findings still illustrate a strong association between metabolic syndrome and walking and staying upright. This is more reason to strive each and every day to get those steps in! What’s your daily step goal?
- Network MB. Here’s what happens to your body when you walk those recommended 10,000 steps. USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2017/04/14/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-walk-10000-steps-health-fitness/99681306/. Published April 14, 2017. Accessed July 28, 2017.
- Tigbe WW, Granat MH, Sattar N, Lean ME. Time spent in sedentary posture is associated with waist circumference and cardiovascular risk. International journal of obesity (2005). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28138134. Published May 2017. Accessed July 28, 2017.