Think you’re good to go after pounding out an hour or so on the elliptical or treadmill? Not so much if you’re spending the rest of the day on your butt. Or so suggests the conclusion of a recently published paper on exercise and sedentary behavior:
One hour of daily physical exercise cannot compensate the negative effects of inactivity on insulin level and plasma lipids if the rest of the day is spent sitting. Reducing inactivity by increasing the time spent walking/standing is more effective than one hour of physical exercise, when energy expenditure is kept constant.
This study seems to echo the findings of one from earlier in 2012. The good news from the earlier study is that you may not need to completely overhaul your life to avoid the downside of a desk job:
[By] breaking up long periods of sitting still, you can partly counteract the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
We were meant to move!