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The health risk of too much sitting down

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    A study led by the University of Sydney has found that adults who sat 11 or more hours per day had a 40 percent increased risk of dying in the next three years compared with those who sat for fewer than four hours a day.

    This was after taking into account their physical activity, weight and health status.

    The study of more than 200,000 people is published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

    "These results have important public health implications," said study lead author Dr Hidde van der Ploeg, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney's School of Public Health.

    "That morning walk or trip to the gym is still necessary, but it's also important to avoid prolonged sitting. Our results suggest the time people spend sitting at home, at work and in traffic should be reduced by standing or walking more."

    The results are the first landmark findings to be published from the Sax Institute's 45 and Up Study, the largest ongoing study of healthy ageing in the Southern Hemisphere.

    They showed physical activity is still beneficial: inactive people who sat the most had double the risk of dying within three years than the active people who sat least. And among the physically inactive group, those who sat the most had nearly one-third higher chance of dying than those who sat least.

    The study's size and focus on total sitting time make it an important contributor to the growing evidence on the downsides of prolonged sitting. The average adult spends 90 of their leisure time sitting down and less than half of adults meet World Health Organization physical activity recommendations.

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    (Source: University of Sydney: Archives of Internal Medicine)
     

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    Actually we have to face lots of troubles if we are being seated in too much time, because it causes varicose vain, edema, heart diseases and obesity. So I think everybody should walk at least three or five minutes per every hour.
     


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    Above given report result are right and very dangerous for professional employees. It is a true that more sitting can increase the risk of dying but i want get the specific solution for this problem. Can anyone have best solution to avoid all risk.
     


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    It is not just about sitting. You also have to take note of what you are eating daily. You may spend hours sitting coz you are in the office and doing various reports on a daily basis but it doesn't mean that your activity should stop there right? One needs to allocate some hours for exercise and stretching and having some fun.

     


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