Sitting for Long Periods of Time Increases Risk of Diseases and Death

The more active you are, the better, right? Not exactly. A new study reveals that even very active people who sit for prolonged periods of time in-between activities are at an increased risk for certain types of diseases and death. Bernardo Chua has found this study to be quite eye-opening. Find out more about Chua on his Facebook page.
It was once thought that the effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time could be counteracted by regular exercise. But the newest research findings published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine show that’s not the case. While regular exercise does help dissipate the harmful health effects of prolonged sitting, it does not completely dispel them.
A person who spends several hours a day sitting at their desk working, a few hours sitting in front of the television but has a regular workout schedule of at least three times per week will diminish their risk of diseases and death, but not totally eliminate it. The study findings show that a person who sits for long periods of time, even though they exercise, are still 16% more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, cancer and die a premature death than someone who stands and moves around during their workday and off-time. The 16% is still high, but that is less than the 30% risk increase for those who sit for prolonged periods of time and don’t exercise regularly.

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