A new research is prompting everyone to sit less, get up and starting moving for your health, as it has been shown to improve your health and lower the risk for several conditions. It has been well established that regular exercise is the key to a long, healthy life, but the new study suggests that alternating between sitting and standing could be very beneficial.
Most who have office jobs tend to sit around at work, then drive the car still sitting, get home and sit on the couch, then continue the sitting session while watching a movie or eating dinner. On average, a person is found seated for 9 hours of the day, which accounts for 60% of the time they spend awake.
However, a study has shown that standing and walking around your house for as little as two extra hours a day, every person can achieve a thinner waistline and improved health. It lowers the risk for diabetes, heart disease and even premature death.
The study was condoned on 782 men and women, who strapped activity monitors to their thighs in order to track how much time they spent sitting, standing, lying down and walking during the course of a week. The researchers used the data collected by measuring each participant’s blood pressure and estimated measures of their weight in height before gathering blood samples.
The results have led to astounding conclusions that discovered people who spent less time of their day standing instead of sitting, have greater health benefits. There was 2% lower average in blood sugar, 11% for triglycerides (otherwise known as fat), improvements for HDL (the good kind of cholesterol) and a decrease on LDL (the harmful kind of cholesterol).
And all was achieved by a mere 2 extra hours of standing up and walking around instead of sitting. The activity was also linked to slimming effects, with active participants losing an average of 3 inches from around the waistline and lowering the BMI by 11%, according to the European Heart.
So, a non-sedentary life can improve both the health and the aspect of a person’s body. The researcher’s message was to “Stand up, sit less and move more.”, conducting the analysis and finding the great benefits to small sacrifices.
The study has then encouraged both employees and employers in office jobs to allow for more walking, “standing up” meetings and more time for those at work to stand on their feet. The research has shown that the metabolism works twice as fast when standing up and consumes double the amount of calories.
If you have been sitting for a prolonged period of time, it’s time to stand up.