Thursday, April 07, 2016


Sitting for more than 3 hours per day is responsible for 3.8% of all-cause mortality, according to an analysis of behavioral surveys from 54 countries.

Importantly, reducing sitting time to less than 3 hours daily could increase life expectancy by an average of 0.20 years, as reported in an article published in the March issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Although previous research has linked excessive sitting time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome, and with an increased risk for death from cardiovascular disease and cancer, even among people who exercise regularly, other findings have not supported this conclusion.

Excessive sitting is common in modern culture and is determined by multiple social and environmental factors, all of which are "strongly influenced by the current economic system, including a greater number of labor-saving devices for commuting, at home and work, and urban environment inequalities that force people to travel longer distances and live in areas that lack support for active lifestyles," the authors state. In this regard, "only interventions aimed at tackling the macro determinants of sedentary behavior will be able to achieve the bolder scenarios assumed in the analysis."

Here's a tip: Stand up every 20 minutes!!

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