Sitting too much increases risk of disease
According to new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, regular exercise may not be enough to offset the risks associated with sitting all day long. These health risks include diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and even death.
To carry out their study, Canadian researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 47 studies that tracked groups of people who reported data on how often they spent sitting and on how much exercise they did. They found that people who were the most sedentary were more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and various cancers, including breast, colon and ovarian cancers, and that the most sedentary people were also 24 percent more likely to die during the studies than participants who spent the least amount of time sitting.
The team also found that prolonged sitting time was associated with poor health outcomes, regardless of physical activity, meaning that exercising for 30-60 minutes a day didn’t really ensure health if the person was sitting for the rest of the time. The lead researcher said that people should try to decrease their sitting time by two to three hours in a 12-hour day, noting that standing during commercial breaks on TV, or working standing up at your desk for a couple of hours a day may be beneficial.