Research and studies have proven it – Sitting more could increase your risk of developing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Research from Kansas State University in 2013 concluded that those who sit four hours or more each day are at a significantly higher risk of developing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The interesting takeaway was that four hours of sitting wasn’t necessarily the cutoff for an increased risk. The likelihood of developing a degenerative disease continued to increase on a consistent curve from six to eight hours, and eight hours and beyond.
In February of this year, Northwestern University found that if you’re over 60 years of age, every additional hour spent sitting doubles your risk of becoming disabled. Surprisingly, the researchers found that any additional exercise had no impact on the disability risk. Suggesting that it’s not necessarily a question of active vs. inactive, but rather total time.
Here are simple ways to help you avoid sitting too much:
This could be as easy as walking around while we’re on the phone, taking the stairs, parking further away from the entrance on purpose, walking to a co-worker/employees desk instead of emailing them, or doing a lap of the office every few hours.