Is Sitting the New Smoking? How to Offset the Harmful Effects of Sitting too Much - Episode 13

Could prolonged sitting be as dangerous to your health as smoking? A growing body of evidence suggests it might. However, on the positive side, a recent study reveals that incorporating just five minutes of light walking for every 30 minutes of sitting can help counteract these harmful effects.

The study was published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal (January). It revealed that any amount of walking after a prolonged period of sitting was beneficial. All walking break patterns reduced systolic blood pressure by 4 to 5 points, which is equivalent to a 13% to 15% decrease in the risk of cardiovascular disease. But the best results came from at least five minutes of walking after every half-hour of sitting.

These findings emphasize the importance of getting up and getting moving throughout the day!

Solan, M. (2023). Walking breaks counter the effects of sitting. Retrieved from

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