Moving more, sitting less improves quality of life
New research from Kansas State University suggests that people who spend less time sitting and more time physically active appear to be healthier and have a better quality of life. The authors of the study say that this is true even for people who just spend more time standing, not necessarily engaged in a physical activity.
Past research has already shown that the more people sit, the greater their chances are of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature death. This study focused on how much physical activity is needed to benefit health and quality of life.
The researchers examined data on nearly 200,000 men and women aged between 45 and 106 who took part in a large Australian study of health and aging called the 45 and Up Study.
They concluded that physical activity and sitting time are independently associated with excellent health and quality of life. Prof. Sara Rosenkranz, lead author, says lots of people might exercise for, say, 30 to 60 minutes a day but then spend the rest of the time sitting – and that’s not enough. She recommends a standing desk for those who are relegated to a desk during the day.