A 2 Minute Anti-Aging Habit
Sedentary behaviors, such as sitting all day, lead to increased risk of early death, heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions.
Scientists from the University of Utah analyzed data collected from 3,626 men and women who participated in the 2003 – 2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). They found no benefit for people who replaced 2 minutes of sitting with standing. However, trading 2 minutes of light intensity activity such as casual walking, gardening, cleaning, for every hour of sitting lowered the risk of death by 33%.
Next time you make an excuse to go for a stretch, a pee break, or distract yourself by weeding your balcony plants between emails- do it every hour and consider it for a good cause!
Share with us what 2 minutes of low intensity activity you have incorporated into your life for every hour of sitting!
Journal Reference: Srinivasan Beddhu, Guo Wei, Robin L. Marcus, Michel Chonchol, Tom Greene. Light-Intensity Physical Activities and Mortality in the United States General Population and CKD Subpopulation. CJASN, April 30, 2015 DOI: 10.2215/%u200BCJN.08410814