Sitting for up to 7 hours is the norm at workplaces around the world, but a new study shows that Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) can help combat the risk of mortality from lifestyle-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, regardless of sedentary lifestyle.
The study was released in Progress in Diseases. Researchers observed that maintaining a PAI Score between 50 and 100 over a rolling 7 days could have a protective effect against the risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease no matter how long a person sits during the day.
“It’s estimated that an average adult spends 50 to 60 percent of their day in a sedentary position, which can easily lead to lifestyle-related diseases if individuals choose to be inactive,” said Professor Ulrik Wisløff, Head of the Cardiac Exercise Research Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
“PAI is a game changer in keeping people healthy, as it’s not demanding a specific duration or type of workout, but considers intensity, duration and frequency of all exercise and daily activities over time.”
The study applied the PAI activity metric to both healthy individuals and individuals with known risk of cardiovascular disease. Participants across age groups who obtained a weekly PAI score of 50 and above reduced their risk of lifestyle-related diseases by 50 percent, compared to less active participants with a weekly PAI score of zero to 50.
The study specifically shows how PAI can be applied to your everyday life. Many people during work hours sit more than seven hours per day, which can increase the risk of mortality from lifestyle diseases. If you get your heart rate up often enough, though, you can reduce this risk. By earning 50 to 100 PAI in a week your risk could go down by up to 50%.
The study also validates a new standard to live by that encourages people to focus on heart rate, and people have the flexibility to earn PAI by doing any activity that gets their heart rate up (i.e. cycling, skiing, rowing, yoga).
“The increasing research that supports ‘sitting is the new smoking’ is alarming to the majority of the population with desk jobs from nine to five,” said Liz Dickinson, Founder of PAI Health. “Not only is PAI a prescription for exercise to ensure optimal health, but it’s also now an easy metric for people to follow to ensure they are getting their heart rate up enough during the week without worrying about the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.”
For more information, access the full study in Progress in Cardiovascular Disease here.
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