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Move It or Lose It!

Move It or Lose It!

It seems nearly impossible these days to escape the lack of physical activity and movement in today’s society. Most people spend their days at work sitting down, then sitting in the car or train on their commute, then sitting at home and watching television and finally going to sleep. During an average work day, people spend 21 hours a day being inactive. This leads to a multitude of problems including obesity, which is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.

Physical inactivity causes a decrease in energy expenditure, which means the more inactive you are the fewer calories you burn. Think of it like a car – food comes in to fuel your trip, but if you continue to fill the gas tank without going anywhere, you’ve got a problem. This, combined with over-consumption of bad fuel in the form of high calorie foods leads to an imbalance, resulting in an overweight and obese car.

Obesity is the main risk factor for a wide-range of disorders and diseases including: Type-2 Diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, chronic heart failure, kidney disease, sleep apnea, respiratory disorders, chronic inflammation, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, multiple forms of cancer, depression and decreased quantity and quality of life. (Yes, that’s a lot!)

Approximately 3.2 million deaths worldwide are attributable to insufficient physical activity. Think about that next time you’re thinking of going on a 5-hour Netflix binge.

So what can we do about it?

Being more active and having a better diet can decrease weight gain and prevent Type 2 Diabetes by up to 80%. Health care officials recommend that people move at moderate intensity for 150 minutes per week. That’s 30 minutes per day for 5 days per week. You have 10,080 minutes in a week (the same amount as Beyonce), using 150 minutes for physical activity is only 1.48% of the total minutes you have in a week.

Yup, you read that right: 1.48% of your total time spent caring for and taking control of your body, your health and your life.

Only 1.48% to vastly improve your quality of life for the better. Think to yourself, what would Bey do?

Ready to move?

New Research Says Regular Exercise may not be Enough to Offset Prolonged Sitting

New Research Says Regular Exercise may not be Enough to Offset Prolonged Sitting

Throughout the development of HOVR, one of the primary goals has been to provide people with an easy and practical way to offset the harmful effects of excessive sitting. This is particularly important because studies have shown that for people who sit too much, even working out regularly is not enough to offset the health consequences caused by too much sitting.

New research published last month in The American Journal of Physiology — Endocrinology and Metabolism, shows just how damaging prolonged sitting is, even for individuals who work out regularly. The participants in the study were seven healthy young men, who wore monitors and spent four straight days being generally active (sitting for just 8 hours a day), and then generally inactive (sitting for 14 hours a day). On the fourth night, the subjects ran for an hour and the next morning ate a breakfast consisting of ice cream and half and half.

Following the four sedentary days, the subjects had high very levels of triglycerides (fats associated with heart disease) in their bloodstreams after the ice cream breakfast, despite the vigorous workout the night before. However, after the four generally active days and the same vigorous workout and breakfast, the triglyceride levels were significantly lower.

These findings really put into perspective how important it is to balance regular exercise with increased movement throughout the day. Even if you go to the gym five times a week, you may not be able to offset the effects of a sedentary lifestyle if you sit for prolonged periods of time at work each day.

Here at HOVR, a study like this one really resonates with us, as the findings sum up exactly why we set out to create HOVR in the first place. With the New Year just around the corner, many of you will make resolutions to exercise more, but don’t forget about increasing movement throughout the day too!