In our modern society, much of our time is spent sitting down. Whether you’re watching TV, sitting at a desk, or driving in a car, you aren’t moving around as much as your body should be. By spending many hours sitting with very little exercise, it has been shown to increase your chances of getting a cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and kidney issues.
In a recent study, researchers found that patients who got up and moved around frequently, even if just for 2 minutes at a time, drastically reduced their mortality rate compared to patients who did not get up and exercise. Just 2 minutes of moderate walking per hour lowered the risk by 33%. The human body was designed to be very active for times when we were still cavemen, so now in our modern society, if a person doesn’t get enough activity on a regular basis, the body starts to deteriorate.
Although taking a break from your routine of sitting is great for your health, it does not take the place of regular physical activity. This activity should be an addition to your workout routine since the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans states that the average adult needs at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day.