August 21, 2014
Exercise and Sitting
Ask the Experts

Exercise and Sitting

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Q: Will going to the gym counteract all the adverse effects of sitting all day?

A: No. Sitting too much has adverse effects, notably on blood vessel function, independent of exercise levels. It decreases HDL (“good”) cholesterol, raises triglycerides and blood sugar, and actually increases the risk of premature death.

Recent research has found that this is true even in people who exercise and are thin. Try to break up prolonged sitting time by getting up every hour or two and walking for a few minutes.