Sedentary Time and Its Implications on Our Health

Most of us spend a lot of time sitting down. Whether it’s attending class, watching TV, reading a book, or logging onto a Zoom call, the majority of our day to day activities largely consist of sitting in a chair. Since so much of our everyday lives revolve around sitting down, it’s important to look at the potential consequences of a sedentary lifestyle and what we can do about it.

Catching Up on Sleep

Maybe you decided to pull an all-nighter to study for your final. Maybe you stayed up a little too late on a Friday night to go out with some friends and had to wake up early for an eight hour serving shift. Or maybe you were deep in a Netflix-binge sesh and the clock suddenly read 3:00 AM. If any of these situations sound familiar, you’ve definitely contemplated a common question: can you really make up for lost sleep? We’ve all put sleep on the back burner at some point, and we often think, “It’s fine! I’ll catch up on sleep tomorrow!” But can we really “catch up” on sleep?

Fasted Cardio

If you look up “Does fasted cardio work?” or “Does fasted cardio burn more fat?” you’ll find a long list of various articles discussing this latest fitness trend. Fasted cardio involves performing aerobic exercise after forgoing energy intake (i.e. not consuming food or drinks with calories) for a period of time. The average person does an “overnight fast” for about 8-12 hours, and there are metabolic changes that happen during these hours when we don’t take in energy. When we’re in our overnight fast, the body tends to rely more on fat as a fuel source and tries to spare the carbohydrate in our bodies. The idea behind fasted cardio is that this shift in preferential energy source could continue in an exercise session.

Exercise Capacity and COVID-19

We receive new research and information about the coronavirus pandemic every day, as seen in the evolution of recommendations throughout the months regarding mask-wearing, social distancing, gathering size, etc. Now that the pandemic has been going on for much of 2020, scientists have had the opportunity to do a deeper dive into various factors that could impact an infected individual in the course of the illness, and one of these factors is fitness.