Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sitting Too Long Ups Mortality Risk: Study

In a typical day, how much time do you spend sitting? Nowadays, there's a pretty good that you spend many hours a day sitting at a desk at work or at home, sitting in a car, bus or train commuting, sitting on your couch watching TV...and the list goes on. Well, according to researchers, all this sitting isn't doing us any favours when it comes to extending our lifespans.

According to a new study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the more time we spend sitting, the more likely we are to die of almost all causes. The researchers sampled 17,013 Canadians with ages ranging from 18 to 90 and determined their daily sitting time, leisure time, physical activity level, smoking status and alcohol consumption. During a 12-year follow-up it was determined that there is a dose-response association between time spent sitting and mortality risk, independent of leisure time physical activity.

The researchers suggest that in addition to all of the recommendations we already have for living healthy lives, such as keeping physically active and eating healthy foods, we should also spend less time sitting! Hey, if you think about it, if our ancestors had spent as much time sitting as we do now, they'd starve and get absolutely nothing accomplished! I'm not suggesting we all revert to living on farms or working the field, but we could most definitely stretch our legs a bit more often, right?


Anonymous said...

This is SO interesting! And, it makes so much sense. How can sitting at a desk for 10 hours a day m - f be good for you. Humans have spent the majority of our evolution walking and running around the savanna. We're not suited for a life of sitting at a desk.