New research indicates that even if you go to the gym, excess sitting can still negatively impact your health. It is hard to offset the consequences of sitting for 8 or more hours per day. Researchers recommend using a walking desk or sitting on an exercise ball. Try to move as much as you can throughout the day.
This week's news roundup brings to you a collection of articles and blog posts related to the negative health effects of sitting all day and what you can do about it.
Your Chair Is Killing You. Here's What You Need To Do To Stop It. NPR. “You've heard it a million times: The hours we spend sitting in front of our computers, sitting in front of the TV and sitting just about everywhere else are adding up. We are sitting ourselves to death. So it came as welcome news when we read last week that just 10 minutes — 10 minutes! — of walking after sitting for a long period of time can restore the damage to our vascular system.”
It Doesn’t Matter How Much You Exercise If You Also Do This. Time. “The more hours people in the studies spent sedentary—like watching TV or reclining on a couch—the higher their risk of all of these negative outcomes. Heavy sitters showed a 90% higher risk of developing diabetes than those who sat less, an 18% higher chance of dying of heart disease or cancer, and 24% greater odds of dying from any cause.”
To live longer, replace 1 hour of sitting with walking daily. Medical News Today. "The team found that swapping just 1 hour of sitting each day with standing results in a 5% decrease in risk of early death. Additionally, for those who were not getting enough sleep, swapping just 1 hour of sitting with sleeping each day resulted in a 6% decrease in risk of early death.”
Science-Backed Advice on How to Stop Sitting All Day. Huffington Post. “Next is setting achievable goals and finding opportunities to incorporate greater physical activity -- and less time sitting -- into your daily life. For example, at work, stand up or move for one to three minutes every half hour; and when watching television, stand or exercise during commercials."