Sitting isn’t something us humans were made to do. Even though it seems like nothing much, putting your feet up has some really negative impacts on your life. On average, humans should sit at a maximum of two hours per day, mostly while eating or taking a short rest, while in the rest of the time, they should be up and about, walking. What’s more, it turns out that you can’t quite compensate your eight our inactivity with a jog or an hour at the gym. This is what a recent study has shown.
“Regardless of how much physical activity someone gets, prolonged sedentary time could negatively impact the health of your heart and blood vessels,” said Deborah Rohm Young, Ph.D., director of behavioral research at Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena.
Published in the American Heart Association journal’s Circulation, makes mention just how dangerous sitting for a prolonged time really is. Sitting more than several hours each day increases te risk of cardiovascular disease, insulin insensitivity wich leads to diabetes, as well as raising the risk of death from all sorts of other ailments.
And as it turns out, going jogging doesn’t really make up for sitting for long times, and neither is going to the gym. Researchers do advise to do them, regardless, since they do improve our general well-being. What they strongly advise, however, is to limit our sitting as much as possible and with every occasion, no matter how short.
However, all the ins and outs of sitting and its effects aren’t fully known or understood, and researchers are still debating the situation. Another team of researchers has also looked into the matter of sitting, researchers at University of Exeter and University College London, who have studied a group of 5,000 people over the course of 15 years. They came to the conclusion that even though sitting won’t kill you directly, it will nevertheless make your life miserable by leading to stuff like depression and other medical complications.
“There are many important factors we don’t understand about sedentary time yet. The types of studies available identify trends but don’t prove cause and effect,” said Young. “We don’t have information about how much sedentary behavior is bad for health–the best advice at this time is to ‘sit less and move more.”