More likely to get up: if you are sitting 30 minutes less, can extend its life

Couch Potatos, be warned! Too much Sitting harms the health and shortens the life – which is already known. Nevertheless, people who have a Desk job sitting in front of everything, too much and too long.

A recent study by the Columbia University Medical center, motivated, therefore, to rise regularly from the old office chair in which it Ekes out its daily hours of work.

Because: with little effort, the service life can be extended.

Long-term study trackers with Fitness

In the case of the study by the Columbia University Medical center, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology’, under the Team of New York University sought to 7.999 people who were older than 45 years old.

During a period of four years, from 2009 to 2013, were the subjects of the Tracker, which recorded their activity.

The researchers analyzed the data and gave some participants the task-to move more often.

Your goal: Find out whether it is having a positive effect on the service life, if the time is spent Sitting, is minimally reduced.

The results of the study speak for themselves.

Stand up for a long life

If you move more, live longer – come to this realization, the scientists. For all the sports there are, however, still a good message.

Because even a small effort can make a big difference – and for that half an hour is already enough of the day.

“If you physical activity to cash in 30 minutes of sitting with 30 minutes of lighter – so something like comfortably the aisle-strolling along – can reduce your risks,” explains Keith Diaz, a certified physiologist and assistant Professor of exercise medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center.

In this case, the risk of early death, with half an hour more movement could be reduced per day to about 35 percent.

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Every step counts

The results of the study are to motivate people to get up. “You had to make ten-minute break in which you walk up and down the stairs,” explains Diaz more.

“Even a one-minute break, when you don’t go to the toilet, which is closest to your Desk, but can be located further away, help to increase healthy activities.”

Regular exercise that challenges the body, but it is still the best medicine to go to a long fit life.

Nevertheless, the conclusion of the team of researchers remains: Every little step counts on the way to a long healthy life.


  • Diaz, Keith M. et. al. (2019): Potential Effects on Mortality of Replacing Sedentary Time With Short Sedentary Bouts or Physical Activity: A National Cohort Study, archived from the original on 14.01.2020

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