Sitting Danger

By Health Day

Find out why.

Here's some news that we shouldn't take sitting down.

Researchers are finding more and more evidence that chairs are bad for your health. To be more precise, sitting in them too often seems to be unhealthy.

In a new study, researchers started following more than 222,000 middle-aged and older adults. They all answered a simple question: How many hours a day do you spend sitting?

More than 5,000 participants died during the next three years. People who spent at least 11 hours a day sitting were 40 percent more likely to die than those who spent less than 4 hours a day in a chair. Even healthy people who sat more had a higher risk of dying. So did thin people. And people who were physically active when they weren't sitting.

When the researchers crunched the numbers, they estimated that nearly 7 percent of these deaths were due to all this sitting!

The researchers make a thought-provoking point: Experts recommend that we get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week to protect our health. However, that's a small amount compared to the 6,500 other minutes we're awake each week. Taking plenty of breaks from your chair throughout the day to walk or stand Ð in addition to regular exercise - may add years to your life.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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