Prolonged sitting may be affecting our health in more ways than we originally thought. A new study that looked at the findings of 47 earlier studies on how sitting affects our health has concluded that sitting for prolonged periods of time increases our risk cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and getting Type 2 Diabetes. People who spend long hours in sedentary activity were 90% more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes, the new study found. The new study also found that even with the recommended amount of exercise, if you spend a large portion of your day sitting you are 16% more likely to die than those who don’t sit for prolonged periods of time.
The article also included some tips and ways to reduce the time you spend sitting throughout the day:
- Considering getting a standing desk where you work to decrease the amount of time you spend sitting while working.
- Get up and take 1-3min walking breaks every hour to break up the amount of time you spending sitting at a desk.
- When watching TV, get up and exercise during commercials.
- Start monitoring how much you sit. Wearables such as the Fitbit and upcoming Apple Watch can make monitoring your daily activity much easier.
- Exercise regularly.
If you have the space and budget, I highly recommend getting a standing desk. It’ll be the easiest way to dramatically reduce the amount of time you spend sitting at work. Studies have also shown that standing desks can increase your productivity as well. Transitioning to a standing desk can take some time so here are some tips to make the transition easier.