Don't Sit!

Two interesting studies, about sitting and the fact that studies have shown shown that too much of it is bad for you - even if you do do the amount of exercise recommended for health (I'm thinking about the fact that I'm writing this sitting down!).

 

Two interesting studies, about sitting and the fact that studies have shown shown that too much of it is bad for you - even if you do do the amount of exercise recommended for health (I'm thinking about the fact that I'm writing this sitting down!).

 

A study from Leicester University published in October 2012 has discovered a link between long periods of sitting and diabetes, heart disease and death. Combining the results of 18 studies, and with over 3/4 of a million people who participated, the study showed a doubling of the likelihood of diabetes, heart disease and death, even if you undertake moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). The study was led by Dr. Emma Wilmot, a research fellow in the Diabetes Research Group at the University of Leicester. Professor Stuart Biddle, of Loughborough University, a co-investigator on the study, recommends breaking up long periods of time spent sitting, even by getting up for a short walk round your office.

 

And a second study, by Lynette Craft from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and published in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA), on a on a related aspect of the same subject and with women as the subjects, showed that there was no correspondence between the time spent sitting and the amount of MVPA undertaken. Subjects who undertook the recommended level of MPVA spent the same amount of time sitting as those who didn't. The authors recommended further research to extend the findings to other populations.

 

So, if you love your sport or your gym work, if you want to give yourself the best chance of carrying on doing it for as long as you want to by reducing your chances of contracting diabetes and heart disease, evidently you shouldn't spend too much time sitting on your backside!

 

The study from leicester University can be found here.


The article from IJBNPA "Evidence that women meeting physical activity guidelines do not sit less: An observational inclinometry study" can be found here. The authors were Lynette L Craft, Theodore W Zderic, Susan M Gapstur, Erik H VanIterson, Danielle M Thomas, Juned Siddique and Marc T Hamilton