Good news: Sitting all day isn’t as bad as we thought

Not really vibing on those standing desks? You’re in luck, because it turns out that sitting down all day is actually not the cataclysmic health disaster everyone told you it was. A new study found that sitting will not kill you.

The International Journal of Epidemiology published findings that showed “reported relationships between sitting time and health outcomes may be due in part to low total daily energy expenditure.” What that means is when you’re not sitting, you do still need to get some exercise. If you aren’t getting what these guys would call “moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity” and you’re sitting at your desk all day, well, let’s just say it’s not great for your health.

But, the study also finds that previous studies linking sitting to mortality were flawed. The research followed up on a large sample (5,000 participants in total — 3720 men and 1412 women) for 16 years and found no link between sitting for long periods of time and mortality, as long as the people doing the sitting were exercising. Dr. Melvyn Hillsdon, who teaches at the University of Exeter said, “Policy makers should be cautious in recommending a reduction in the time spent sitting without also promoting increased physical activity.”

As Science Daily reports, the study looked at participants’ total sitting time, “other specific types of sitting behaviour,” like “sitting at work; during leisure time; while watching TV; and sitting during leisure time excluding TV,” as well as the time spent exercising. Other factors we taken into account, such as “Age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, general health, smoking, alcohol consumption.”

So, desk-sitters. You can sit at your desk, sit watching TV, sit at the computer, sit wherever you wanna sit. Just throw some jumping jacks, running or a nice long walk in now and again and you are golden, Ponyboy!

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