“By Elijah Boyd”
Hey RMC, want to know a secret that could add years to your life, boost your mood, and significantly lower the risk of fatal diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as many more?
It is as simple as choosing to stand rather than sit, and performing 10 minutes of physical activity per day.
Research done by Hausenblas and Rhodes shows that a sedentary lifestyle, or a lifestyle in which the individual is mostly sitting around and not meeting proper energy expenditure amounts, can lead to a “122% increase in the risk of diabetes, a 147% increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease, a 90% increase in the risk of cardiovascular mortality, and a 47%
increase in the risk of all-cause mortality.”
These are very serious and very scary numbers.
The infographic has more information on the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
However, there are many solutions to fighting off sedentary behaviors.
Simply choosing to stand rather than sit while typing a paper or completing a reading is more beneficial in the long run. Another small step you can take that will lead to a more positive and healthy life is adding a 10 minute walk to your day, maybe just around campus or down the walkway.
Physical activity is for anyone and everyone, no matter how small. Invite a friend to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the campus as the leaves change color with Montana’s transition into fall.
Taking small steps, literally and figuratively, toward a healthy lifestyle will lead you to feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the next challenge.