PBI consultant Avinash Maniram spoke to the long-term effects of a sedentary lifestyle in his presentation “Is Sitting the New Smoking?” at the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan.
Insufficient physical activity is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. Fifteen percent (15%) of adult Canadians meet the daily recommended physical activity guidelines; which means that only 1 in 4 Canadians are active in their daily lives, while 80% of children are not active enough. Repetitive daily activities that involve sitting such as drive time to and from work, time spent sitting at a desk, watching tv, gaming or doing homework all contribute to a sedentary lifestyle that has negative long-term consequences on health. Mr. Maniram provided examples of how a sedentary lifestyle changes the serotonin levels in the brain and increases pulmonary and vascular misfunction. Mr. Maniram recommends that humans should achieve 10,000 steps per day and sit no more than two hours each day.
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