How much sitting in a day is okay, and how much is too much?

There’s no magic number, but in some recent study that tracked 127,554 women and men for 21 years, those who spent more than 6 hours a day sitting were more likely to die from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer disease, and other causes than people who sat for less than 3 hours a day.

Sitting encourages weight gain and inflammation. But spending less total time sitting, breaking up your sitting time with active breaks (even slow walking or light housework), and finding time for exercise can counter the health risks of “sitting disease,” says Ahmed Elhakeem, Ph.D., a population health sciences researcher at the University of Bristol in the U.K.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health November 2018

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