The Futility of the Workout-Sit Cycle

August 17th 2016

The main conclusion is that vigorous physical activity...doesn’t cancel out the negative impact of time spent being sedentary, which appears to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (the leading cause of death) and diabetes, even among people who exercise regularly.

A lot of people turned off their "stand up" reminders on the Apple Watch. Mostly because a buzz every hour has the potential to be extremely annoying. I get that. But I've come to appreciate the reminders, and actively pay attention to them, for exactly this reason. Even standing up for 5 minutes every hour falls prey to this "tradeoff mentality" mentioned in the article, but hey, every bit counts for those of us who work on computers for a living.

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