According to a new report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, even if you exercise daily, say for 30 or 60 minutes but sit for four hours or more the rest of the day, you can be putting your health at risk. For those of you who are totally sedentary, who do not exercise at all, the risk is dangerously greater.
Dr. David Alter, a heart expert from the University of Toronto and senior scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and his colleagues found that sitting too much—even among people who exercise regularly—led to higher rates of hospitalization, heart disease and cancer, as well as early death.
For elderly adults over 60, sitting is a risk factor for disabilities. Elderly adults in this age group spend on average, 2/3 of their day sitting, a total of 9 hours per day. This link between age and disability held even when researchers controlled for obesity, socioeconomic status, physical activity and other health factors.
For every hour a 60-year old spent sitting, the chance of being disabled increased by 50%.
Sitting increases your chance of being obese.
People who sit for the majority of their day have a 54% risk of dying from a heart attack.
Sedentary people have poorer mental health.
Don’t become a statistic, move your body, walk, climb, jump, jog, ride, and improve the quality of your health.