Does your job force you to sit for one to two hours at a stretch without moving? Beware, it may raise the risk of dying early than people who sit cumulatively for the same time, but in shorter bouts, a study has warned.

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  • The findings showed that people with the greatest amount of sedentary time more than 13 hours per day.
  • And who frequently had sedentary bouts of at least 60 to 90 consecutive minutes.
  • Furthermore,had a nearly two-fold increase in death risk.
  • Compared with those who had the least total sedentary time and the shortest sedentary bouts.
  • Conversely, people who kept most of their sitting bouts to less than 30 minutes had the lowest risk of death.
  • So if you have a job or lifestyle where you have to sit for prolonged periods of time.
  • We suggest taking a movement break every half hour.
  • This one behaviour change could reduce your risk of death.
  • The study adds to the growing literature on how dangerous long periods of sitting are for our health.
  • And underscores a growing awareness among clinicians and researchers that sitting really is the new smoking.
  • For the study, the team used hip-mounted activity monitors to objectively measure inactivity during waking time over a period of seven days in 7,985 adults over age 45.
  • We need creative ways to ensure that we not only cut back on the total amount we sit.
  • but also increase regular interruptions to sitting with bursts of activity,Expert added.
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