New studies have found that by sitting for long hours you have chances of increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes; it could even slow your metabolism and shorten lives.
The study at the University of Sydney has found that adults who say for 11 hours or more per day had about 40 per cent increased risk of dying in the coming three years in comparison to those who sat for fewer hours.
Dr. Hidde van der Ploeg, who is the author of the study said, “That morning walk or trip to the gym is still necessary, but it's also important to avoid prolonged sitting." He also said that the results suggest the time people spend sitting at home, work and in the traffic should also be reduced by standing or walking more than we usually do. For adults, a moderate intensity activity such as walking for atleast 30 minutes in the morning would be appropriate.
A similar report was published by The British Journal of Sports Medicine last fall, which highlighted a link between prolonged sitting and health. The report looked at Australian adults in 2008, and concluded that those who watch TV an average of six hours a day will live 4.8 years fewer than those who don't.
Interestingly, Dr. Anup Kanodia of Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center said, "Sitting is the new smoking.”
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