Sitting for Prolonged Periods Increases Risk of Death, Disease: Study
Being sedentary for excessive periods of time is linked to increased risk for heart disease, cancer and death. The meta-analysis review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, examined 47 different studies that looked at sedentary behaviour and negative health outcomes. – the review: prolonged periods sitting is associated with greater risk for all-cause mortality, heart disease, cancer and type-2 diabetes in adults.
“Our study finds that despite the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk for disease, It is not good enough to exercise for 30 minutes a day and be sedentary for 23 and a half hours,” said study co-author Dr. David Atler, from Toronto’s University Health Network.
“Decreasing sitting is not a replacement for exercise, and exercise is not a replacement for sitting more. They are both important to do, and do more of,” he said.
Dr. David Alter suggests people should aim to decrease the amount of time sedentary by 2 to 3 hours through a 12 hour day.
He suggests these strategies to help reduce the amount of time sitting:
Track your time spent being sedentary so you can work to reduce the overall amount
Set goals that are achievable and find opportunities to incorporate physical activity in your daily life
Set an alarm to remind yourself to stand up at work and move around for 1 to 3 mins every 30 mins
Consider a standing work station
While watching TV, stand up and do exercise during the commercials
Employers should encourage workers to get up and move throughout the day.
At the end of the day, the bottom line is awareness. This needs to get out, talked about and be addressed in the workplace and at home.