Improve Your Health, Get Up Every 30 Minutes
A new study suggests that, if you’re sedentary, getting up out of your seat every half hour could help reduce the harmful effects of sitting too much. According to the study, which was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, U.S. adults spend an average of more than 12 hours per day sitting, increasing the risk for premature death from any cause, and moving around every 30 minutes can reduce this risk.
For the study, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, NY analyzed data from 7,985 people over the age of 45 and followed them for an average of four years. They assessed each study participant’s activity using a hip-mounted accelerometer and used the information to calculate sedentary in individual bouts, as well as total sedentary time each day. In each 16-hour waking day, participants spent an average of 12.3 hours sitting, with each single bout of sedentary behavior lasting an average of 11.4 minutes, according to researchers.
During the 4-year follow-up period, 340 participants passed away. The study revealed that longer total sedentary time and longer bouts of sedentary behavior were associated with an increased risk of mortality. However, study participants who kept individual bouts of sitting to less than 30 minutes had the lowest risk of death from any cause.