How many hours in the day do you spend sitting down?
For those desk dwellers, the number is upwards of 7. Alarming, but that’s the nature of the desk job.
Research over the years demonstrate the negative health impact of extended sitting, but a recent study indicates that those who sit for 9.5 hours a day are most likely to have a shorter lifespan.
The study revealed that sedentary middle aged individuals are 2.5 times more likely to die early. Statistics even apply to those who go for walks after every hour of sitting.
While regular exercise decreases chances of early death, little activities such as cooking or cleaning also make a difference. Any form of activity, no matter the intensity, significantly lowered the risk of dying early.
Other than those who exercised regularly, two categories of participants reaped the most health benefits. This included those who had light intensity activity, such as slow walking, for 5 hours a day. The other category were those who had moderate intensity activity, like vacuuming or brisk walking, for 24 minutes a day.
The research goes to show that living longer doesn’t have to be as difficult as working out all the time. Let’s face it, making it to the gym after a long work day feels physically demanding. Thankfully, everyday tasks, such as washing up, taking the stairs and such drastically reduce an early death. Instead, it’s all about incorporating more movement in the day to balance out the amount of time spent working at a desk.