How bad is sitting for a prolonged time?

Looks like it’s worse than what we thought.

Reportedly, sitting for two hours can cancel out a 20 minute exercise.

CBS News reports:

The study, published online July 8 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that prolonged sitting affected people’s fitness levels regardless of whether they exercised or not.

“Previous studies have reported that sedentary behavior was associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular outcomes; however, the mechanisms through which this occurs are not completely understood,” study author Dr. Jarett Berry, an assistant professor of internal medicine and clinical science at UT Southwestern, said in a statement. “Our data suggest that sedentary behavior may increase risk through an impact on lower fitness levels, and that avoiding sedentary behavior throughout the day may represent an important companion strategy to improve fitness and health, outside of regular exercise activity.”

Will you try standing at work or amp up the amount of time spent in the gym?

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One thought on “REPORT: Two Hours Of Sitting Cancels 20 Minute Exercise

  1. Paris on said:

    I’m placing this story with the one that stated women do not need an annual pap smear. I workout 5 times a week (including cardio for 30 – 45 min). I really find it hard to believe that my workouts are pretty much pointless unless I’m walking around on my feet all day. I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing now. To hell with this study.

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