Sitting is the New Smoking

Sitting is the New Smoking

Sitting is the New Smoking

One of the largest pieces of research to date—over 800,000 subjects (the study was carried out by researchers from Loughborough University and University of Leicester in the UK, peer-reviewed in the medical journal Diabetologia), found that compared with those who sat the least, people who sat the longest had a:

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Increase risk in diabetes
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Increase in cardiovascular events
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Increase in death caused by cardiovascular events
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Increase in death from any cause.

Additionally the research suggests that remaining seated for too long is bad for your health, regardless of how much exercise you do.

That is bad news for those of us who have to sit to make a living.

Today, the ability to make a living for many of us is based on what we can get done on the computer and/or on the phone, not to mention commuting time. But being desk-bound 8 or more hours a day does not have to mean increased risk of heart diseases, diabetes and premature death.

New research!

The University of Utah provides and easy and effective solution: every hour, walk for 2 minutes. The study of 3,200 people showed that doing so each hour helped to negate the effects of prolonged sitting up to 33%. Researchers commented that these spurts of light activity helped to offset the negative effects of sitting better than just standing, so get up and walk a little bit each hour.

Keep Track of Time!

Most phones are capable of giving you a little prod every hour if you program it to do so. Use the Timer on the Clock App. Set it to 1 hour. Choose a ringtone (or use the default). In an hour the phone will give you the sound that an hour is up. Walk for 2 minutes to the file cabinet, coffee station, or deliver a colleague a message rather than sending an email.

Track your Activity!

To get a good picture of how much you really move during the day, consider getting either a pedometer app for your phone (if you carry your phone all day), or investing in a wearable Activity Tracker. The market has exploded with models and makes; some track sleep, all track steps. Bottom Line: try and build up to 10,000 steps on most days.

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