Sunday, 26 June 2011
Not a surprising conclusion but, yes, according to a study conducted by the American Cancer Society sitting too much shaves years off your life. Researchers recorded 123, 216 patients' health outcomes during a 14-year period and found that those who sit for an extend period of time every day have a shorter life-span than those who don't.
The study found that women who sit for more than six hours a day were about 40 percent more likely to die during the study than women who sat fewer than three hours per day. On the other hand, men were about 20 percent more likely to die.
Other similar studies conducted focused on specific conditions affecting many Americans, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and depression. Those studies also took into account if the people sat for extended periods of time and what risk the factor put them for an illness. Once again, those who sat the longest every day were at a higher risk of developing one of the above illnesses.
Researchers advise that sitting for a long time everyday has the same effects as smoking. The damage cannot be reversed with exercise; it's permanent.
But many Americans who work sedentary jobs are taking action. They are installing standing and adjustable desks and treadmill desks, which operate at low walking speeds, in order to switch between standing and walking positions.
I don't know about you, but I sit for almost 8 hours a day at work, so personally this study is worrying me.
What do you think of this study? Do you sit for many hours a day? Why?