Standing up every half hour can improve your health

One study confirms how detrimental it is for our health to remain seated for a long time, and advises us to get up every half hour to reduce the risk of death associated with physical inactivity.

Sitting a long time together increases the risk of death and, according to a new study led by researchers at Columbia University in New York, it would be necessary to get up every half hour to lessen the negative impact of physical inactivity . The research – which has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine – has revealed that the deterioration of health occurs as a result of two cumulative effects; on the one hand, the amount of time we usually spend seated daily and, on the other hand, the lack of physical activity.

Researchers have found that a person’s metabolism changes when they stay for more than half an hour sitting , so it begins to have a negative effect on their health.

As explained by Keith Diaz, one of the authors of the paper, spending a lot of time sitting increases the chances of developing diabetes or diseases of the arteries because the sedentary lifestyle can influence how the body controls blood sugar levels.

Individuals who, in addition to leading a sedentary life and do not practice physical exercises can have up to five times the risk of mortality.

The study, conducted between 2008 and 2013, involved 7,985 people over 45 years, who were placed an accelerometer on the hip to record their physical activity. These people had a sedentary behavior for about 12.3 hours a day during a 16-hour waking day. Over a mean follow-up of four years, 340 participants died, and the researchers found an association between the sedentary lifestyle and the risk of death , which was independent of possible risk factors, such as sex, age, or body mass, among others.

Lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle multiply the risk of mortality

Victoria Ley, head of the Division of Coordination, Evaluation and Monitoring of the State Agency for Research, has warned that individuals who, in addition to leading a sedentary lifestyle, do not practice physical exercise, can have up to five times the risk of mortality compared with active people, and that the results of the research can be extrapolated to any country with a Western lifestyle, where the population tends to have sedentary jobs and spend a lot of time sitting in offices in front of a computer.

This expert has pointed out the need for company health officials to become more involved in providing facilities for workers so that they can move around regularly, while Diaz has proposed that workers get up frequently and move, and even that elevated tables with treadmills or pedals underneath are installed to favor the physical activity in the working environment.


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