Mounting evidence has shown that prolonged sitting is a massive driver of chronic disease risk. In a study that included over 63,000 adult males – those who sat for more than four hours a day were much more likely to have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or high blood pressure than those who sat less than four hours a day. Investigators saw a clear “dose response relationship” between sitting and disease risk with those sitting more than eight hours a day showing the highest risk.
Bottom line: To maintain good health you must engage in regular physical activity (just think MOVEMENT) and avoid prolonged sitting.
Ideas for incorporating movement into your day:
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(International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity online February 2013)