Is Sitting As Bad As Smoking? Exercises to Fight a Sedentary Lifestyle

For most people in the 9-5 workforce, a majority of the day is spent sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen. Because of your busy schedule, you might be among the masses that lives a primarily sedentary lifestyle. So are you aware that sitting can be as bad as smoking when it comes to heart disease risk factors?

As crazy as it sounds, it’s true! Numerous studies have proven a link between a sedentary lifestyle and higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and early death. And according to cardiologist Dr. David Coven from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, the damage caused by sedentary habits can be just as detrimental as smoking when it comes to heart disease risk. Meanwhile, those who are active more and sit less have better overall health and a higher quality of life.

Ready to stop being so sedentary and boost your health? Here are some TITLE tips for getting more active in your everyday life.

TITLE Tips: Simple Ways to Stop Being Sedentary

Start Taking the Stairs

In the early morning and at the end of a long day, it might be tempting to take the elevator — but you can burn calories and lower your heart disease risk if you opt for the stairs. It’s true that taking a flight of stairs won’t be as effective as a 30-minute cardio workout, but these little actions can add up to help with heart disease prevention.

Park at the Back of the LotIs Sitting As Bad As Smoking? Exercises to Fight a Sedentary Lifestyle

Another way to add a little activity to your sedentary lifestyle is to park at the back of the lot and add a few extra steps to your day. Whether you’re at the grocery store or at the office, choose the back of the parking lot and walk a further distance. Again, these are small steps, but they can add up.

Use a Standing or Walking Desk

If your boss is amenable to the idea, try switching to a standing or walking desk at work. Depending on your profession, you may be able to perform the same functions while walking on a treadmill or simply standing up at your computer. You’ll engage your muscles and prevent harmful plaque build-up in your arteries, lowering your risk of heart disease.

Try a Television Workout

If you’re a TV addict, you can still stay active and up-to-date on all your latest episodes with one of our TITLE television workouts. You can ease into this exercise by starting with some workouts during commercials, or jump right in to a full 30-minute or 1-hour routine to fill up the whole show.

Find Your TITLE Power Hour

Joining a boxing or kickboxing Power Hour at your local TITLE Boxing Club is the best way to fight the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Our calorie-burning cardio workouts will not only help you lose weight, but also in turn reduce your risk of heart disease. With class schedules sure to fit your busy life and trainers who will motivate you to continue your exercise routine, you’ll find it easy to fit a TITLE Power Hour into your world.

To learn more about how TITLE can help you fight heart disease and end your sedentary lifestyle, find your local TITLE Boxing Club today.


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