Research: sedentary lifestyle is not as bad as thought
I'm sure many of you have heard about the so-called sedentary lifestyle - that is, when a man most of his time (usually at work) spent in a sitting position - is very harmful for health. So it turns out that this is only the horror stories. At least to the conclusion reached by the Australian scientists from the University of Sydney. That is the conclusion the researchers came as a result of an experiment with volunteers.
The experiment was carried out for 20 years, since 1998, and at the time it began, all participants (which is about 10 thousand people) had a desk job at which, as you know, most of the time I had to spend on the fifth point in computer. All history - the absence of diabetes and diseases of the cardiovascular system.
During the experiment, scientists have regularly conducted a survey of participants and maintain records of how much each of them spends daily time in a sitting position, whether at work, at a party or at home watching TV. In addition, the researchers evaluated the glucose levels in the participants of the experiment.
By the end of the study it was found that a total of the volunteers were detected 402 cases of diabetes, but scientists have not found direct evidence showing the link between the development of diabetes and lifestyle of the people who participated in the experiment. Scientists attribute this to the fact that there is a huge difference and impact on health in each individual case is also different between the seat while watching TV and a work desk. While watching TV, the human body is completely relaxed and in fact is not strained, except that only when "potyagushki" for the next portion of fast food in the form of crackers, nuts, or even more fat and junk food in the form of hamburgers and cola. In the case of work at the computer the human brain is hard at work, and at the same time burns a lot of calories.
In addition, experts say that the factors influencing the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, very much. And while the number of hours spent in a sitting position in a desk chair is not the decisive among these factors. Based on this, scientists have concluded that it is rather popular phrase that "a sedentary lifestyle - is the same as smoking" - nothing more than a fairy tale.
Emmanuel Stamatakis of Charles Perkins Center Sydney University, lead author of the study confirms that the past few years, the theme of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle is actively discussed:
"Nevertheless, there is a difference between the different types of behavior. What's good melancholic, choleric - death. It is also necessary to understand the difference between the time spent on the couch or chair in front of a TV and watch your favorite TV series, and the time spent in active brain activity on the computer, "- says Stamatakis.
"This is all to the fact that diabetes and diseases of the cardiovascular system is not always the result of a sedentary lifestyle. Although it should be noted that many people who participated in the experiment, pretty much walked daily - about 45 minutes. "
It should also be noted that this is not the first study on this topic. About a month ago, for example, over another large-scale study of this issue. The results were similar. The study was conducted US scientists. They found that a sedentary lifestyle does not affect the appearance of disease and does not lead to premature death. The results suggest that sores and colds in people, riders and non-riders there are about the same. In this study, attended by about 5000 people. Over the past 16 years, researchers monitored the volunteers divided into two groups. In one there were people who regularly engaged in the gym, and in the second - were passive lifestyle, sitting on the couch or at the computer.
I will allow myself a brief comment. Despite the findings of scientists from the United States, referred to above, I do not agree with them. If only because that, too, I am in fact a way of life and see how my life has changed for the time spent "to computer", and after I began to lead a lifestyle Buchi author of your favorite site. Here are just some of the disorders found me personally: Professional sore all programmers and writers - tunnel syndrome (also known as carpal tunnel syndrome), accompanied by pain of fingers and hands from a long work on the computer; reduced visual acuity (I began to wear glasses); appearance of excess weight (I try to control); the so-called "rigidity" of the joints of the musculoskeletal system; In addition, I became sick more often colds, since my immune system had to feel the serious blow in the form of reduced time spent outdoors, and, as a consequence, reduce the body Tempered factors. What am I all about? Yes, all to the fact that the stats, but his health is better not to start. In old age, it is you exactly backfire.