The exact medical connections are still being studied, but doctors presume that approximately 80,000 cancer cases each year can be attributed to inactivity from long hours spent at a desk.
Who’s at risk?
Basically everyone with a desk job! Even those who work out regularly are not excluded from the risks of cancer.
- A person spends approximately 16 waking hours in a day of which 30 minutes of physical activity constitutes of only 3 per cent of the day’s workout. The other 15½ hours pack in enough inactivity to up your cancer risk significantly.
- Cancer risk increases even further when long periods of sitting idle lead to weight gain and overweight and obese people are more susceptible to cancer.
- A desk bound lifestyle causes increased inflammation, which contributes to cancer risk.
- In order to lower your risk of cancer you need to be active throughout the day.
- Even a minute long walk every hour can cut back your chances of having cancer by 40 per cent. It is particularly effective in protecting against breast or colon cancer.
- For people with desk jobs, it is strongly recommended that they get up several times a day to lower the bio-markers of cancer.
- Being active not only lowers your chances of getting cancer, it also leads to a slimmer waistline thus cutting back several other health risks too, such as insulin resistance or joint pains.
- Get up and walk around for a couple of minutes after every hour. If necessary, set a timer on your computer to remind you to get up.
- If possible keep a few lightweights in your office, use them while you are talking on the phone or reading up on something.
- Conduct meetings and phone calls while standing. Move around the room if you can, it contributes to your daily physical activity level.
- Cut back on emails to colleagues. Go over to their desks and convey the message instead.
- Replace your water bottle with a tumbler and refill it periodically from the water cooler.