Prolonged sitting is detrimental to your health and standing up for just a minute here and then can reduce your waist size and lower the risk of heart diseases, an Australian study found.
Desk Jockeys At Risk
Researchers from the University of Queensland examined 4,700 US adults, who for seven days had to wear a sensor that recorded their movements. They also took blood samples to measure cholesterol and insulin, as well as measuring the waist size of the participants.
The results at first don’t seem particularly astonishing: The more a person sits, the more likely he is to register higher on heart disease risk factors like a larger waist size or lower HDL cholesterol. Even in those that regularly participated in recreational fitness activities, this negative effect of prolonged sitting was noticeable.
However, those that during the day got up from a sitting position more often, even for just a minute at a time, had slimmer waists with pants up to two sizes smaller than those who took the fewest breaks from sitting. The group that fared bests of all was the one that regularly exercised and got up more often.
This goes directly back to what I said a while ago: Small changes can make a difference. The study’s lead resarcher, Genevieve Healy, gave the examples of standing while taking a phone call, walking over to colleagues rather than sending an e-mail or using stairs to get to different work areas.
In a statement she said: “‘Stand up, move more, more often’ could be used as a slogan to get this message across.”
Picture courtesy of Merrick Monroe.