The Simplest Way To Offset The Effects Of Sitting All Day
You already know that sitting is killing you. We've got good news, though: There may be a way to counteract the damage caused by all those hours spent plugging away at your desk.
Just get up and walk around for two minutes every hour.
According to a new study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, those who did so had a 33% lower risk of dying. Yes, seriously.
The researchers looked at data from 3,626 participants in the federal National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They found that even the lightest activities, like walking up and down a couple flights of stairs or going out to grab coffee nearby, made a big difference.
"It was fascinating to see the results because the current national focus is on moderate or vigorous activity," lead author Dr. Srinivasan Beddhu said in a press release. "To see that light activity had an association with lower mortality is intriguing."
Of course, those two-minute walks shouldn't make up your entire fitness regimen, "which should [also] include 2.5 hours of moderate exercise each week," according to Beddhu.
Time to get those legs moving! (You too, trendy standing-desk folk.)