You may have heard about how sitting for most of the day can increase your risk of mortality.
Many have referred to sitting as the "new smoking."
Well, a recent study coming out of Colombia University brought about some new correlations that will have you wanting to get up and STAY UP!!
So what did this study tell us that we did not already know?
Well, for those of us who do our best to exercise daily, it told us that we still need to watch the hours we sit.
The study found that those who sat for periods longer than 30 minutes were at risk for an earlier death. This risk was not affected by age, race, gender or body mass, and exercise did not lower the risk by much.
HOWEVER, the risk of those participants who sat for 30 minutes or less at a time, dropped even if their total hours of sitting were the same.
It is important to note that the study from Colombia does not prove that sitting is the cause for a higher mortality rate, only that there is a link between increased sitting time and a higher risk of premature death.
Even though it is just a correlation - this is an easy task to incorporate in your daily life (except maybe if you are stuck in LA traffic haha).
When you go to sit down at the computer, or the TV, set an alarm to go off in 30 minutes and make sure you get up and walk around for a bit, or do a couple squats in and out of your chair.
Get up and grab a glass of water (we all know we could drink a little more water).
STRETCH!!! So many of us complain of tightness or soreness, it is because we aren't stretching enough.
Use the motivation of a longer life to get in some extra healthy habits that you want to start incorporating in your day!
Maybe even stand up and do some deep breathing to refocus and relax the mind!
No matter what you decide to do, a longer life should be a good enough reason to STAND UP every 30 minutes!
If you would like to read the article the New York Times wrote about the study click the link below.