Research has linked sitting for extended periods of time with many health concerns, including obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, belly fat, abnormal cholesterol levels, and an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
An analysis of 13 studies that examined sitting time and activity levels revealed those who sat for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity had a risk of death similar to the dangers of dying posed by obesity and smoking. However, unlike some other studies, this analysis of data from more than 1 million people found that 60 to 75 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a day countered the effects of too much sitting. Another study found that sitting time contributed little to mortality for active people.
So…do we all need to order standing desks or what?
More research is needed on the effects of sitting and physical activity on health. However, it seems clear that sitting less and moving more is better for your health.
Here are a few ways you can introduce more movement to your day:
– Take a break from sitting every 30 minutes with a quick walk
– Stand while talking on the phone or watching television
– Work at a standing desk, (or merely a high counter) if you have an office job
The impact of movement — even leisurely movement — can be profound. You’ll burn more calories and have more energy. Who knows? You may even get a little fitter and lose some weight.
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