A sedentary lifestyle shortens life: get up from your chair!

A sedentary lifestyle shortens life: get up from your chair!

Not sitting for more than half an hour consecutively makes one live better and longer, according to a recent American study.

Cardiac risk practical advice

Do you sit for hours? Nothing could harm the body. US researchers have no doubts: to live long, you have to get up from your chair every half hour.

Research from the Columbia University of New York that appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine, highlights how the risk of early death is higher in subjects who spend more than 30 consecutive minutes without a break. Even those who do office work should therefore take the habit of getting up every half hour and moving even for a few minutes.

US scholars conducted a survey of a sample of 8,000 adults at least 45 years of age, equipped with a monitor to monitor hours of inactivity spent during the day. Considering the day of 16 hours (thus removing 8 hours of sleep), on average the sample spent about 12 hours sitting, with intervals of more or less 11 consecutive minutes of physical inactivity.

The study lasted 4 years and at the end of the survey, 340 deaths were recorded and the risks of death appeared higher for those who sat longer, regardless of gender, ethnicity and weight. People with the highest risk of death were those who used to sit for more than 30 minutes at a time.

The results of the survey thus highlight the link between a sedentary lifestyle and an increased risk of early death and the reason could be a different metabolism of sugars: it is likely that the more you sit, the less sugar is available, thus penalizing the well-being of the 'body.

And in Italy? According to recent research, most Italians do not pay attention to health by adopting incorrect lifestyles. Istat has conducted research in which it has analyzed the factors that put the health of Italians at risk. The greatest risks derive from smoking, obesity, alcohol and in fact sedentariness.

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