How Much Exercise Do You Need?

At Rebel Desk, we don’t profess to be doctors, but we do try to keep track of the latest research on health and wellness. One trend that has caught our attention is increasingly shorter exercise regimes. The President’s Council on Physical Fitness recommends 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily. But that hasn’t stopped lots of new program touting benefits from shorter bursts of activity.
You’ve probably seen the headlines:
Get fit in 10 minutes a day!
Lose weight with these 15-minute exercises!

And a recent article we spotted was for a 4-minute routine and still promising results.

Perhaps these short bursts of cardio can really get results but even if they make your legs a bit leaner, are they really improving your overall health? Perhaps not. Four minutes a day of intense workout is not going to make up for 9 hours a day of being inactive. And on average that is about how much time we spend sitting. Add in 7 or 8 hours of sleeping and you’ve got a lot of down time for your body.

These short workout regimes are indicative of the busy lives so many people now lead. For many folks, working has become something that invades every part of the day. On average, we now spend 8.6 hours per day working! Check out the chart for yourself below!
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Instead of thinking about how to get a 5 minute burst of activity once a day, it may be best to think about how to incorporate activity throughout the day.

Plan to walk to lunch, walk to the break room that is farthest away from your office, and consider investing in a standing or treadmill desk. Imagine if you could turn those 8.6 hours into increased activity levels rather than against it? It’s possible with the right active working solutions.

Learn more about Rebel Desk’s active working product, including standing desks and treadmill desks here.

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