Running At A Desk Means You Might Die Sooner, Unless You Exert For An Hour Every Day

If youre reading such articles at work, then you may be in danger. Theres a threat beneath your posterior that “youre supposed to” consider to be an ally your chair that over day may be causing you problematic health issues.

If you have an office job, and you spend at the least eight hours a day perched on seat, then you need to exercise for at least an hour a day to offset the inactivity. Otherwise, according to a new study in the Lancet, you may be doing yourself considerable long-term harm.

You dont need to do sport, you dont need to go to the gym, lead author Professor Ulf Ekelund, an expert in physical activity and health from theNorwegian School of Sports Sciences and Cambridge University, told The Guardian. Its OK doing some brisk walk-to, maybe in the morning, during lunchtime, after dinner in the evening. You can split it up over the day, but you need to do at the least one hour.

The team of international experts found that the risk of dying for those who led a comparatively sedentary lifestyle, and sat still for eighthours per day, was 9.9 percent during a follow up reporting period two to 18 years. This is likely to be compared to a risk of death of 6.8 percent for those who sat for less than four hours per day and were physically active for at the least an hour.

Importantly, the risk of demise linked to those who sat foreight hours per day was eliminated when they also engaged in one hour of physical activity per day. The authors conclude that moderate levels of physical activity, like brisk stroll or cycling, for around 60 to 75 minutes per day, cancels out the damage inactivity at work or home does to you.


Cycling’s a good counterbalance to sitting at your desk all day. The suit may be a bit unnecessary, though. g-stockstudio/ Shutterstock

Back in 2012, the same periodical published a series of studies that to indicate that physical inactivity was a huge contributing factor to illness like obesity. Ultimately, long periods of sitting down increased the risk of personal mortality by a significant amount. Now, a new collection of newspapers has been released looking at the finer details of this correlation.

Ekelunds team looked into 16 key analyses focusing on the link between sitting down, physical activity, and mortality rates. Overall, about a million peoples data was taken into account, some of which had been followed across nearly two decades of their lives.

Strangely, some of the studies they looked at focused on sitting in front of the television, and they didnt inevitably agree with these more general findings. In fact, watching Tv for three hours or more per day is associated with a slight increased risk of mortality regardless of how much physical activity the person does. Exercise attenuates the risk slightly, but it cannot seem to annihilate it.

This isnt due to any mystical, malevolent televisual power, though the authors is of the opinion that it likely that those who watch TV for that long on average every single day generally have unhealthier lifestyles, including being least likely to exert and more likely to have an unhealthy diet. This, they hypothesize, is why theyre more likely to die sooner.

A separate study, published as part of the same series of papers, focuses on the costs of treating health problems associated with physical inactivity. In 2013, the price tag was $67.5 billion, approximately the entire GDP of the state of New Hampshire. Ouch.

Stop it. TV’s killing you, one snack-filled day at a time. Zastolskiy Victor/ Shutterstock

[ H/ T: The Guardian]

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