We’ve known for a while and have heard it over and over that sitting for long periods of time is not good for you, and now there is research to prove it.
People, you’ve got to get up and move around. Your life literally depends on it.
Researchers from Australia and Kansas State University said their findings have implications for office workers, truck drivers and other people who regularly sit for long periods of time. To reduce the risk of chronic disease, the study authors concluded that people should sit less, and move more.
“We know that with very high confidence that more physically active people do better with regard to chronic disease compared with less physically active people, but we should also be looking at reducing sitting,” Richard Rosenkranz, assistant professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, said in a university news release.
“A lot of office jobs that require long periods of sitting may be hazardous to your health because of inactivity and the low levels of energy expenditure,” he explained.
The study involved over 63,000 Australian men from New South Wales, ranging in age from 45 to 65. The researchers questioned the men about whether or not they had various chronic diseases. The men also reported how many hours they spent sitting down each day.
The study revealed that the men who sat for four hours or less daily were much less likely to have a chronic condition — such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure — than those who sat for more than four hours each day. And the men who sat for at least six hours daily were at significantly greater risk for diabetes, the researchers noted.
The number of chronic diseases reported increased along with sitting time. This was true even after the investigators took the men’s physical activity level, age, income, education, weight and height into account
The bottom line is we have to be aware of these dangers and get a sweat going each and every day. Even if you can’t work up a sweat, try walking at least 10,000 steps each day. Every little bit will help.
Here’s to Your Health!
Dr. K Bennett