We all know that regular exercise is good for our health and much sitting is not ideal. Now a new study suggests that not only the time spent sitting, but the number of times that arise during this time that may affect our health.
The study, published in the European Heart Journal, looked at the total duration of time spent sitting people and breaks taken at that time, along with several risk factors for heart disease, metabolic diseases like diabetes, and inflammation may play a role in blocking the arteries.
He suggests that many breaks, even as short as one minute, appears to be beneficial.
The Australian study has found that long periods of sitting, even in people who were very different exercise, were associated with worse indicators of cardio-metabolic function and inflammation, such as increased waist circumference, low cholesterol HDL (“good”) cholesterol, elevated C-reactive protein levels (an important marker of inflammation) and triglycerides (blood fats).
However, the study also found that even people who have spent much time sitting, jumping over them during this time, the lower the level of the waist and lower C-reactive protein.
“The most significant differences were observed for waist circumference,” he says. “The first 25% of people taking as much rest had, on average, a waist circumference of 4.1 cm smaller than the lowest 25%.”
The dangers of being too big around the middle, is well documented.
- More than 40 inches for men.
- More than 35 cm for women.
Small Changes Help
“The potential impact is harmful to the health of prolonged sitting (which is something we do, on average, more than half of today), just underway,” said Healy. “Our research highlights the importance of considering the long sedentary behavior as a different health risk to justify the explicit recommendation in the future, public health guidelines.”
The study suggests that even small changes can help to lift to receive phone calls, walk for a colleague instead of calling or e-mail, and trash cans centralized and printers that you have to walk with them.
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