Eating a healthy diet and exercising may not be enough to ward off disease if you spend most of your day sitting in a chair. This is a disheartening conclusion from a study published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
In a review of 47 studies, Toronto researchers pored over exercise data, sedentary time, and rates of disease and death, and found a clear correlation between the the amount of time spent sitting and ailments such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. It did not matter if the subject was a regular exerciser or not!
Does this mean you should stop exercising? Of course not.
What you should do is stop sitting for long stretches of time without getting up to move about. If you work in an office, try to find 5 minutes every hour to get up out of your chair and move about.
This is one reason the stand-up desk has been trending of late. If you follow that trend here are some tips: