Movement is critical to health and sitting all day is the enemy

I have written on this many times before but here is another large study - pooled from 41 primary research studies - confirming our worst fears about regular daily sitting at work.

“The implications of these findings are far-reaching. Sedentary behavior is ubiquitous. Society is engineered, physically and socially, to be sitting-centric”

Dr Brigid M. Lynch, PhD, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, January 2015.

“I was not surprised by this study. Recent studies have shown that for both work-related and household activities, the energy expenditure associated with those has decreased markedly over the last 100 years. When we talk about healthier diets, when we talk about no smoking, when we talk about a regular exercise program, we should also be including avoiding prolonged sedentary behaviors, sitting in front of a computer for hour after hour after hour”
Barry Franklin, PhD, director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA, January 2015.

What has this new massive 2015 meta-analysis found? 

  1. Those who spend a lot of time in chairs, die younger, regardless of exercise levels.
  2. The longer you sit, the worse your health.
  3. The longer you sit, the more disease you experience (including diabetes, cancer and heart disease).
  4. The longer you sit, the younger you die.
  5. With data, researchers found that long periods of sitting time were positively correlated with all-cause mortality and other outcomes, after adjustment for levels of physical activity, compared with study participants reporting relatively little sitting time:

Study by Biswas A, et al “Sedentary time and its association with risk for disease incidence, mortality, and hospitalization in adults” Annals of Internal Medicine 2015; 162: 123-141. Also; study by Lynch, B et al “Too much sitting and chronic disease risk: Steps to move the science forward” Annals of Internal Medicine 2015; 162:146-148.

Posted: Thursday 2 April 2015