A Lancet study comprising of more than 1 million people has found that the health risks associated with sitting for long periods of the day can be reduced or even eliminated by regular physical activity.
The research, using the data of people from the USA, Western Europe and Australia was carried out in response to rising concerns about the health risks associated with society’s shift towards a more sedentary lifestyle. With more and more of the population employed in office based jobs, there’s a greater number of people that cannot escape sitting at their desks for prolonged periods of time.
Physical inactivity is linked to higher risks of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers and is associated with more than 5 million deaths per year.
The good news is that the increased risk of death associated with sitting for 8 hours a day can be reduced or even eliminated for those that did a minimum of 1 hour physical activity (such as brisk walking or cycling) per day.
The findings show that people who sat for 8 hours per day but who are physically active had a much lower risk of death compared to those people who sat for less hours per day, but who were not physically active. The greatest risk to health is for people that sit for long periods of time and inactive.
60-75 minutes of moderate activity is ideal to combat the effects of sitting for long periods of time, but if this is not possible, then at least doing some exercise each day can help reduce the risk.
This study therefore underlines the fundamental importance of physical activity to health, no matter how many hours an individual spent sitting.
The World Health Organisation recommend that adults do 150 minutes of physical activity per week, which is much lower then the 60-75 minutes identified in the study. Rather alarmingly, the need for progress has been highlighted by the study however, as it reveals that only 25% of those people analysed were active for an hour or more each day.
The Lancet Physical Activity Series 2012 http://www.thelancet.com/series/physical-activity
Read more about the impact to health from a sedentary lifestyle in my earlier blog:
“HOW SITTING IS WORSE FOR YOUR HEALTH THAN SMOKING”
If you’ve ever wondered what happens on the practical part of a Fitness course - look no further!
Here is a VLOG giving you a snapshot of Day ONE on an EPTI Personal Trainer Diploma practical course.
You will get a “feel” for the atmosphere and excitement that all of our students (and tutors) experience during their time with us. Watch to the end for some photos showing the rest of the course. Enjoy! Caroline
I understand that choosing the right personal training course is a tough decision... I went through the same process almost 20 years ago now when I was in the same position as you.
The part of I found the hardest and most tedious was wading through the sales patter of the various different training providers that I enquired with.
EPTI was set up by personal trainers and is still run to this day by personal trainers. None of us are salesmen, nor do we want to be. We wanted to create a training course that was different from what was being offered elsewhere.
Our aim is for the course to speak for itself and if you take time to read or watch our past students' feedback, then I'll let you decide as to whether we've been successful in achieving that objective.
Students travel from all over the world to attend EPTI PT Diploma practical courses.
The feedback we receive is pretty amazing!...
Hello / Bongu!
It doesn’t seem very long ago that I wrote to you last, when we were looking forward to delivering the next practical course from our new Malta campus at the national stadium gym in Ta’ Qali!
Since then, we’ve run two sell out practical courses - the course in Malta mentioned above and another from our home campus in Dénia, Spain.
As I’m sitting here now in Denia Marina, sipping a café cortado and enjoying the warm Spanish sun, its time for me to reflect on those two recent courses and to also inform you guys about our plans for the autumn and beyond.