Yet another study has found a serious connection between prolonged sitting and poor health. According to an article recent published by WebMD, “a new analysis links prolonged sitting to greater odds of diabetes, heart disease, and death – even in people who exercise regularly.”
This news is certainly sobering to those of us who spend between 50 and 70% of our days sitting down – or, in other words, the average adult. And while we’ve always been taught that regular exercise can help ward off most health problems down the road, we’re now seeing that this may not be the case: “Right now we are told to get regular exercise, but that may not be enough… Another important message may be to reduce overall sitting time.”
So, how do we accomplish that? Thomas Yates, MD, who led the study referenced in the WebMD article (which can be read in its entirety right here) “recommends standing up for two minutes every 20 minutes you spend sitting down, and standing up during commercials when watching TV.”
In the meantime, for those times when you simply can’t stand up, it pays to sit with better posture. When your body is properly aligned, you are less likely to put strain on your vital organs (like your heart and kidneys) and therefore less likely to see the harmful side effects of sitting mentioned above.