Sitting for long hours without movement not only calls in for increased lethargy, but some serious health related ailments.
A team of Brazilian researchers who have analyzed data from 54 countries linked sitting for more than three hours a day to 3.8 percent of deaths from all causes!!
Limiting your sitting time to less than three hours a day should increase life expectancy by an average of 0.2 years — or more than two months, as per the researchers. This recent study adds to the proven incidents where too much sitting has become a health threat in all indirect means. The outcomes of excessive sitting cannot be mitigated even with regular exercises, going by the study.
The report was also published online in advance of the August print issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The experts claim that even the slightest 10 percent reduction in sitting time — for instance, 30 fewer minutes a day, will have an immediate impact.
“Bolder changes [for instance, 50 percent decrease or two fewer hours] would represent at least three times fewer deaths versus the 10 percent or 30-minute reduction scenarios,” lead investigator Leandro Rezende said in a journal news release. Rezende is with the department of preventive medicine at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, in Brazil.
Despite the proven instances, people have a tough time adapting and adjusting to better life pattern.
“Although sitting is an intrinsic part of human nature, excessive sitting is very common in modern societies,” Rezende said. He added that labor-saving devices, long commutes and homes in areas that lack support for active lifestyles contribute to the problem.