Get Up And Move: Sitting For Long Can KILL You

Do you have a job that makes you sit at place for hours? If yes, you may be raising the risk of dying early than those who takes frequent breaks in-between their working hours.

The study also showed that people with more amount of inactive time — more than 13 hours every day and who frequently had sedentary sessions of at least 60 to 90 uninterrupted minutes had a nearly two-fold increase in the death risk as compared to those who had the least sedentary time. Similarly, people who had their sitting bouts for less than 30 minutes had a lowest risk of death.

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“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,” said, Keith Diaz, lead investigator, associate research scientist at Columbia University Medical Centre (CUMC).

Monika Safford, professor at Weill Cornell Medical Centre, added, “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, which was published in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, the team used monitors to measure the inactivity of 7,985 adults during waking time over a period of seven days who were over age 45.