Have you heard? Sitting is the new smoking. And it's generally true. We all sit most of the time. So we all think, It's fine! It's normal. It must be okay. But in fact, sitting too long is bad for your health.
American adults spend 11 to 12 hours a day sitting. Sitting too much is not the same as getting too little exercise. Even if you get the recommended amount of exercise, prolonged sitting is still likely to be harmful.
Research has connected prolonged sitting with the following negative health impacts, among others.
Researchers and physicians are clear that any activity all is a great improvement over sitting, a study published in a top-rated journal found. According to a scientist quoted in the above-linked article, "People who don't exercise can be healthier even if all they do is reduce the amount of time they sit," he said. "People who do exercise can be healthier by decreasing the time they spend sitting, too. What we are really talking about is a change in the fundamental way that we do things in society by reducing sedentary time. We've known an active lifestyle is better for a long time."
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE NOW:
Research finds that really small reductions in sitting can greatly reduce the risk of disease linked to sitting. Swapping out just 30 minutes of sitting for walking or doing light chores around the house can reduce risk of death by 17 percent. Swapping 30 minutes of sitting for more vigorous activity can reduce risk of death by any cause by 35 percent.