Posted on Apr 14, 2016, 6 a.m.
Add 2 minutes of walking each hour to your routine, to offset the health hazards of sitting for extended periods of time.
Amassing published studies show that sitting for extended periods of time each day leads to increased risk for early death, as well as heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions. Emerging data suggests that it is not sufficient to simply replace sitting with standing. Srinivasan Beddhu, from the University of Utah (Utah, USA), and colleagues analyzed data collected in 3,626 men and women enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey , 2003-2004. The team found that by replacing sitting for 2 minutes each hour with walking for 2 minutes hourly, lowered the risk of dying by 33%. The study authors submit that: “Interventions that replace sedentary duration with an increase in light activity duration might confer a survival benefit.”
Srinivasan Beddhu, Guo Wei, Robin L. Marcus, Michel Chonchol, Tom Greene. “Light-Intensity Physical Activities and Mortality in the United States General Population and CKD Subpopulation.” Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology April 30, 2015.