Sitting for hours without movement may kill you fast says study

13 September 2017, 10:44 PM
Study reveals that sitting for hours may raise the risk of dying early
Study reveals that sitting for hours may raise the risk of dying early

Do you sit in continuity for hours, either for work or for work.Then it's alarming for you, as a study reveals that it may raise the risk of dying early than people who sit cumulatively for the same time but in shorter bouts.

Research shows that people who sits for more than 13 hours per day — and who frequently had sedentary bouts of at least 60 to 90 consecutive minutes had a nearly two-fold increase in death risk compared with those who had the least total sedentary time and the shortest sedentary bouts.

So if you have a job or lifestyle where you have to sit for prolonged periods of time, we suggest taking a movement break every half hour. This one behaviour change could reduce your risk of death,” said lead investigator Keith Diaz, associate research scientist at Columbia University Medical Centre (CUMC).

“The study adds to the growing literature on how dangerous long periods of sitting are for our health, and underscores a growing awareness among clinicians and researchers that sitting really is the new smoking,” added Monika Safford, a professor at Weill Cornell Medical Centre.

For the research, the team used hip-mounted activity monitors to objectively measure inactivity during waking time over a period of seven days in 7,985 adults over age 45.

“We need creative ways to ensure that we not only cut back on the total amount we sit but also increase regular interruptions to sitting with bursts of activity,” Safford added.The study was published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

First Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:18 PM
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