Sitting for more than 11 hours or more a day increases your risk of dying within 3 years
People with sedentary lifestyles are 40% more likely to die within 3 years according to a recent study from the University of Sydney.
Even if you are an active person and exercise throughout the week, those hours spent sitting behind your desk could lead you to an early grave.
Although regular exercise is still beneficial, the study suggests that we break up long periods of sitting to improve our health.
The average adult spends 90 per cent of their leisure time sitting according to research commissioned by the Cardiovascular Research Network.
A lethargic lifestyle is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which kills more than 17 million a year worldwide.
‘Watching TV, using computers and electronic games can involve sitting for long periods and have become a big part of leisure time,’ says Heart Foundation CEO Tony Thirlwell.
A major five-year follow-up study has just begun and will investigate the health, lifestyle and medications of 265,000 men and women.