I had to post this if only for one of the best subheads I’ve ever read: “Arse longa, vita brevis”.
But it is an interesting topic. We’ve been hearing about the benefits of movement vs. the evils of inactivity for a long time now, and this article just points it out again, with some additional scary findings:
[S]imple inactivity by itself—without any distractions like TV or reading—causes harm by altering the metabolism.
Now, I don’t know anybody who simply does absolutely and literally nothing all day (the rats in the study were involuntarily immobilized by suspending their hind legs), but metabolic changes due to inactivity is more serious than just putting on a couple of pounds (in the study, there were worrisome changes in cholesterol and triglyceride levels).
My facetious response to these studies has usually been something along the lines of, “You can have my couch when you pry it from my cold dead arse,” but really, a little increased activity can’t hurt, and has many potential benefits. So yes, get up and move as much as possible.