Are You Sitting Too Much for Your Own Good?
Sitting more than seven hours a day has been linked to a higher risk for numerous health problems—from obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease to cancer. According to a study from the University of Edinburgh's Physical Activity for Health Research Centre in Scotland, Scottish workers between the ages of 45 and 54 spend more time sitting than retired people over the age of 75.
The study, which involved more than 14,000 participants in the the Scottish Health Survey taken between 2012 and 2014, showed middle-aged workers sit an average of 7.8 hours per day during the five-day work week and retirees spend about 7.4 hours sitting. On weekends, people 25 to 54 sit the least—5.2 to 5.7 hours a day—and older adults the most. According to researchers, only the youngest age group surveyed—those 16 to 24—is less sedentary than retirees during the week.
Too much of the population is “dangerously sedentary,” say the researchers, spending too much time sitting at work, eating, watching television, reading, and in front of a computer. Changing your workplace habits may be a good place to start sitting less.