Research

Don’t Just Sit There

Did you know that sitting for 6 or more hours daily can elevate your chances of dying from cancer and other major diseases – even if you maintain a healthy weight and don’t smoke?

  • Women who sat for six or more hours daily faced a 37% greater risk of death as compared to those who sat for three hours or less.
  • For men, the increased risk of death for those who sat at least six hours daily was 17%.

Those who did not exercise regularly and also sat for long periods faced even greater mortality rates – a startling 94% higher for women and 48% higher for men.

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Too much sitting linked to heart disease, diabetes, premature death

According to the report, published in this week’s Annals of Internal Medicine, more than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting: watching television, working at a computer, commuting, or doing other physically inactive pursuits. But all that sitting could be sending us to an early grave—even those folks who exercise up to an hour a day, say the Canadian researchers who did the study.

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