Too Much Sitting Can Kill You, New Study Suggests
I didn’t need a study to know this; my 83 year old mom has been telling me it for years. She never sits down, walks 3 miles a day, climbs 3-4 flights of stairs, and doesn’t need any medications. A new study suggests that this may be one of the reasons for her good health. The study said, those who spend 11 or more hours a day sitting are about 40 percent more likely to die over the next three years, and it doesn’t really matter how physically active they are otherwise.
222,000 people were studied and surveyed. They were 45 years old and older. Australian researchers have found that mortality risks spike after 11 hours of total daily sitting but are actually higher for those sitting between 8 and 11 hours. That is compared to those sitting fewer than 4 hours per day.
Average adults spend about 90 percent of their relaxing time sitting down in front of the television and fewer than half meet the World Health Organization’s recommendation for two and a half hours of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.