You know that sitting too much is bad for you, right?
Well, it is.
But the simple reality is that many of us have to sit for long periods of time cuz that’s how we make a living, and no use pretending that standing instead of sitting (like at a standing desk) does much to mitigate the risks from sitting too much because those standing desks carry their own health risks and it’s doubtful that they have an overall health benefit.
Nope, the only way to counteract the negative effects from prolonged sitting is to move around more from time to time.
But for how long and at what intensity?
Well, the great news is that according to a new study that was recently published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology in which researchers followed around 8,000 middle-aged and older adults for roughly 10 years is that you don’t have to move too much to get a net benefit from sitting less.
In fact, in this study, the researchers claim that replacing sitting for 1/2 hour a day with any intensity of exercise – note that that’s any intensity – seemed to lower the risk of premature death by 17%, although higher intensity exercise did improve that risk even more.
And like all good soldiers have done in recent exercise studies because they know that most of us can’t or won’t work too hard, these authors too have pointed out that even a few minutes of exercise – they actually mention 1-2 minutes, those good, good men – in place of sitting had a slight beneficial effect.
So, get up now and walk around while re-reading this.