A new study by Simon Fraser University reveals that sitting six to eight hours a day at a desk increases the risk of early death and heart disease. Researchers studied 100,000 people and found those, who sit for more than eight hours a day have a 20% higher risk of early death and heart disease.
Researcher Scott Lear says, “The overarching message here is to minimize how much you sit. If you must sit, getting in more exercise during other times of the day will offset that risk. For those sitting more than four hours a day, replacing a half hour of sitting with exercise reduced the risk by two percent. With only one in four Canadians meeting the activity guidelines there’s a real opportunity here for people to increase their activity and reduce their chances of early death and heart disease. Our study found that a combination of sitting and inactivity accounted for 8.8 percent of all deaths, which is close to the contribution of smoking (10.6 percent in this study) It’s a global problem that has a remarkably simple fix. Scheduling time to get out of that chair is a great start.”