HUMANS were not created to spend days sitting. Unfortunately, many jobs force us in such a way of life.
If you, too, spend more than half an hour sitting in your own or someone else’s will, it’s high time to start. No matter how much you exercise, excessive sitting in the “long run” is one of the critical causes of premature death, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
A survey conducted on a sample of eight thousand participants found that there is a direct relationship between time spent sitting and the risk of premature death. In particular, the longer you sit, the more chances are that an (early) death will hit you.
However, there are positive news and the way you can change things today.
Namely, people who sat for less than 30 minutes in a piece had the least risk of premature death, CNN writes.
“Sit down, move more,” the only thing that the American Heart Association has urged.
However, the lead author of this research and Columbia University researcher Keith Diaz warns that even if you get up every half hour and walk, you will not eliminate the mentioned risk.
“If it were, it would be the same as telling someone to practice, but do not explain how,” he said.
As she explains, there are clear guidelines. For example, adults are advised to perform aerobic exercises with a moderate intensity of approximately two hours and 30 minutes per week, as well as muscle strengthening activities two or more days a week.
Besides, Diaz recommended that every half hour of sitting, stand up and spend five minutes walking stiffly.