Basically, the human body isn’t made to be sedentary – whether it’s sitting on an ergonomically correct office chair or lounging on a favorite comfy reclining chair. Sitting for long periods of time, even if you exercise daily, has a detrimental effect on health.
A long-term study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2010 followed 69,776 healthy women and 53,440 healthy men and their daily habits for 14 years. After adjusting for risk factors including body mass index and smoking, researchers found that women who spent six hours a day sitting had a 37 percent increased risk of dying versus those who spent less than three hours a day seated. Also, death rates from cardiovascular disease were 2.7 times higher in women who sat six or more hours a day, regardless of how much they exercised or weighed. The men’s sedentary risks were similar. Associations were strongest for cardiovascular disease mortality in both men and women.
We can ascertain from a variety of credible studies, that inactivity can indeed lead to premature death. Exercise recommendations vary from person to person – one size does not fit all. It’s prudent to discuss exercise routines with a respected healthcare professional or certified fitness trainer who can help determine the best “prescription” for your needs.