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Desk Job? Get Up About Every 30 Minutes

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Sep 12, 2017

I'd say you might want to sit down for this, but you're probably already sitting: a recent study has found that sitting for long periods of time, such as one might in a desk job, is a risk factor for early death, even if you exercise regularly, according to CNN. This conclusion came from looking at nearly 8,000 adults who wore hip-mounted accelerometers, of whom 340 died during the four years the study was conducted. On average, they found, adults were sedentary for about 12.3 hours a day. Overall, the more people were sedentary, the more likely they were to die early, though there wasn't any specific threshold where risk of death dramatically increased. The researchers found that age, sex, race, body mass index or exercise habits didn't matter in any of the results. The study also noted that, even if someone's cumulative sedentary time isn't that high, the amount of time they sit per individual "bout" can also have health effects: those who were regularly sedentary for more than 90 minutes at a time were twice as likely to die early. Meanwhile those who sat for less than 30 minutes at a time were the least likely to die early.