The amount of time a person sits during the day, regardless of how much they “move” during the day, is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death. This new research was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in January 2015.
The authors did however find that although all sitting is associated with negative health implications, those negative implications are more pronounced in individuals who are less active when not sitting.
The target, according to the researchers, is to decrease sedentary time by two to three hours in a 12-hour work/commuting day. Strategies to achieve this goal could include walking at lunch and on breaks; if you work in an office, getting a standing desk; taking frequent standing and stretching breaks (at least one an hour); and, finding ways other than a personal vehicle to commute to work(public transportation, walking, biking).
The first step, report the study authors, is to monitor sitting times because once we start counting, we're more likely to change our behaviors.
University Health Network (UHN). Sitting for long periods increases risk of disease and early death, regardless of exercise. Retrieved on January 19, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150119171701.htm.