New Evidence that “Sitting is the New Smoking”
If you sit for long hours at a desk, in meetings, on the phone, in front of your laptop or watching TV, you need to read this!
New research confirms that if you sit for long hours each day, you significantly increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, and with it the likelihood of an early death. Be warned that this applies even if you are active, though it is clear that the risks are not as great if you exercise regularly.
The latest research was published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine and it is a systematic review and meta-analysis of 47 studies on the subject. Like all research there are some limitations with respect to the definition of the amount of sedentary time and physical activity but the conclusion is crystal clear: “Prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes, regardless of physical activity“.
I deal with this subject at length in my book, The eXercise Factor, and really focus on the many simple actions you can take to minimize your risk. If you live in the Charleston area, you can also read my article “Sitting is the New Smoking” in the latest edition of Oblique magazine.
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