These pandemic-driven quarantines have been hard for all of us. In fact, it still is. Maintaining an active lifestyle during quarantine demands perseverance and a ton of will power.
At home workouts have been gaining popularity, but personal trainers have a problem with said workouts because people tend to get distracted quite quickly. With a TV running from the other room, video meetings on the other, the neighbor’s dog barking, kids crying, et cetera, our homes may just very well be the epitome of the worst place you could try to work out in.
However, giving yourself some time for regular physical activity is always worth it, mid pandemic or not. A recently published study by the American Medical Association may give us a more substantial reason to keep moving.
In the said study, researchers set out to determine the relationship linking sedentary habits and the risk of cancer fatality in middle-aged and older Americans. According to the study, sedentary behavior can be associated with numerous health issues like diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and other fatal illnesses. The exact and objectively analyzed relationship between sedentary behavior and cancer mortality is not as clearly determined.
Nevertheless, in the 8,002 adults observed for the study, aged 45 years or older, larger amounts of sedentary time was correlated with a larger risk of cancer fatality. In the same study, they have seen that displacing sedentary time with at least light or moderate physical activity decreased the risk of cancer and cancer fatality.
The researchers made every participant wear hip-mounted accelerometers for one full week in order to measure light-intensity physical activity as well as moderate to high-intensity physical activity.
The results showed that those who sustained the least physical activity day-to-day raised their risk of having cancer by 82%.
The researchers said that replacing 30 minutes of that sedentary time with light physical activity lowered the risk of cancer fatality by 8%. Meanwhile, those who replaced that sedentary time with moderate or vigorous physical activity was connected to a significant 31% lower risk of cancer fatality.
Even before this whole pandemic happened, The American Heart Association recorded an 83% rise in sedentary behavior since the 1950s. The same risk evaluation concluded that physically active jobs take up less than 20% of the workforce, in comparison to the 50% recorded in 1960. Numbers considering telework have additionally influenced these numbers to take a turn for the worse.
The good news is, once you get into the habitual of continuous physical activity, it will feel less like a chore and more of a routine.
Virologists are confident that going for jogs, walks, or even bike rides are safe as long as you keep the WHO recommended social distance of six feet between others and wear a CDC approved face mask.
If you can’t leave your house as frequently as the recommended physical activity, consider looking up some well-loved tutorials online. There are tons of YouTubers who are constantly making home workout content. To mitigate the distraction issues we’ve mentioned above, you may opt to wear noise-cancelling earphones or choose a time wherein none of your housemates or neighbors are doing crazy noises or loud chores. We suggest early mornings or late nights as the best time for this. Of course, ultimately, this would all depend on your personal routine and commitments.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where or how you get your physical activity. All we can certainly derive from the study cited is that the most important thing is to simply have some sort of physical activity no matter how light or strenuous.