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Is It Possible to Counteract Your Sedentary 9-5 Job With a 10-Minute Walk?

September 30, 2015 2 min read

Day in and day out, nine to fivers are reminded of the detriments of sitting in a chair all day long. It's a scary thought to think that there are studies spilling out saying that our jobs are jeopardizing our health. But it's also scary to think about our lives without the jobs that keep those roofs over our heads. “It’s easy for all of us to be consumed by work and lose track of time, subjecting ourselves to prolonged periods of inactivity,” says Jaume Padilla, assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri. walking “However, our study found that when you sit for six straight hours, or the majority of an eight-hour work day, blood flow to your legs is greatly reduced. We also found that just 10 minutes of walking after sitting for an extended time reversed the detrimental consequences.” In the study, which was published in Experimental Physiology, researchers took note of the vascular function of 11 men both young and healthy both before as well as after extensive periods of sitting. What they discovered is that the artery in the lower leg known as the popliteal had much less blood flow after sitting at a desk for six hours. To counteract this inactivity, researchers asked the men to take a 10-minute walk at their own pace to see if the movement could aid in increasing the blood flow. “When you have decreased blood flow, the friction of the flowing blood on the artery wall, called shear stress, is also reduced,” Padilla says. “Moderate levels of shear stress are good for arterial health, whereas low levels of shear stress appear to be detrimental and reduce the ability of the artery to dilate. Dilation is a sign of vascular health. The more the artery can dilate and respond to stimuli, the healthier it is.” “Studies have shown that sitting less can lead to better metabolic and cardiovascular health,” Padilla says. “However, more research is needed to determine if repeated periods of reduced vascular function with prolonged sitting lead to long-term vascular complications.” Do you sit at a desk all day long? Source: Epoch Times Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_111449" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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