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Most likely, your job doesn’t require a lot of physical activity. Approximately 80% of all Americans have a career that is performed mostly while seated. Sitting throughout your day may sound relaxing, but studies are beginning to show in clear detail just how bad that inactivity and subsequent muscle loss can be further down the road.

It’s true. That 80% figure comes from a huge study published in 2011 about the sedentary nature of our occupations and the rising problem of obesity and other weight-related problems. With more and more people planted in front of a computer screen for most of work, the study finds that, compared with 1960, we burn 120 to 140 fewer calories each day.

Prolonged inactivity doesn’t stop at the office of course. We sit during our commute, we sit at dinner and we sit to watch TV before going to sleep. For most Americans these days, being seated is our usual position. It may sound comfortable at first, but all that sitting means our muscles aren’t getting the activity they need to do their job.

Lifting the Remote, Not Lifting Weights

Muscle loss is more than just slowly losing the fight against muffin tops and love handles. Whether they look good or not, your muscles perform an important role in staving off weight gain, lengthening life, fighting diseases (like heart disease and diabetes) and keeping you active.

Muscles help you burn more calories and keep from putting on weight. A recent study found that the sedentary lifestyle of its middle-aged male participants created a significant risk of obesity.

This only grows more important as you age. The average sedentary person loses about one-third of a pound of muscle every year after the age of 35. That’s pure muscle, not fat, that’s gone. If you don’t use it, you will most certainly lose it.

Muscle Loss and Sarcopenia

Sarcopenia refers to the continued loss of muscle mass, quality and strength that happens naturally as we age. Naturally, of course, can be somewhat subjective here, as the rate at which sarcopenia affects us can be mitigated in numerous ways.

A sedentary lifestyle, however, is not a good method for this at all.

Muscle mass begins to decrease as we get into our thirties, but it will continue to affect us into old age if we don’t do something about it. A study looking at elderly subjects found that sedentary behavior reduced muscle mass and increased the risk of sarcopenia. As we age, staying active is extremely important to maintaining health and cognitive capacity, and avoiding injury.

What You Can Do

There are limited options for how to decrease sedentary behavior at work. Some desks are built to raise and lower so that you can stand and work as well as sit, but they are far from common in an office environment. Control what you can, but do your best to make “down time” into “active time.”

The methodology of Olumia Life is not only the most effective overall at lessening the effects of sarcopenia, but also the most efficient per unit of time, an important factor in your busy schedule. The specific exercises, order, variety, and progression are the key, and need to be the focus of any mitigation. The Olumia Life program improves Insulin Efficiency at the same time, which bolsters the results of your efforts.

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