Throughout human history, we’ve never been as sedentary as we’re right now. And scientists say it might be killing us.
Sitting more than 8 hours a day without any added physical activity puts your danger of death at levels similar to obesity and smoking. In the meantime, sedentary jobs within the US have increased by 83% since 1950, and physically active jobs now make up lower than 20% of the USA workforce.
Modern lifestyle has become an evolutionary mismatch for the movement-heavy lifestyle our bodies want to stay healthy. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors needed to move to do nearly everything, so human physiology evolved to require constant movement. However, today, we commute in cars, work at desks, and order our meals through smartphone apps.
In different phrases: our bodies require movement; however, our trendy world of convenience doesn’t.
To address this dilemma, we’re informed to exercise more. United States physical activity guidelines call for 150 minutes per week, or half-hour five days a week. However even if you do work out for half-hour a day, that still means you’re staying relatively still 98% of the time.
The analysis shows that breaking up your day with small bursts of movement can reduce your danger of early death by up to 35%. “With exercise, we seem to solely value long-duration, large, intense,” Katy says. “We no longer see the worth in small, slow, accumulating.”
Watch the video above to learn more about the movement and why we need to reframe the very concept of exercise—from rote and repetitious to natural and continuous—to turn our small decisions into an aggregate habit.