Extended Periods Of Sitting Are Associated With An Increased Risk Of Chronic Disease

The more you sit, the higher your risk of developing a chronic disease. This is the important message from the latest 63,000 strong participant study. With more and more of the population working at a desk in front of a computer, more people are at risk of health problems and serious illness.

The study categorised participants into four groups according to the amount of time they spent sitting each day; <4 hours, 4-6 hours, 6-8 hours or >8 hours. When compared with those who sat for less than 4 hours per day, those who spent more than 4 hours of their day sitting were significantly more likely to report a chronic disease over the age of 45 such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The reporting of chronic diseases rose as the number of hours sitting per day increased.

If you work in an office job full-time you are likely to fall into the >8 hours category putting you must at risk. In order to stay fit and healthy and avoid developing chronic diseases later in life it is important to take action to make your lifestyle as health friendly as possible. Active commuting, regular workouts, active weekends and even switching your desk chair for a gym ball are all great ways to do this.


George ES, Rosenkranz RR, Kolt GS, Chronic Disease and Sitting Time: Findings from 45 and up Study, International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2013, 10(1): 20.

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