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Sitting and Disability

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The evidence on the dangers of sitting just keeps piling up. According to the latest study, for people over 60, each hour spent sitting could raise the risk of having trouble with everyday tasks like dressing or getting in and out of bed, regardless of physical activity levels.

The work published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, is the first to document how sedentary behaviour is related to increased disability regardless of the amount of time spent in moderate activity. Another recent study found that older adults who spent more than 11 hours a day sitting or inactive had a 12 percent higher risk of premature death  than those who were inactive for four hours or less per day.

With that in mind researchers have tips on how to move more and sit less.

  • Stand up when you talk on the phone or during a work meeting.
  • When you go to grocery store or mall, park in a space farthest away.
  • When you get up to have glass of water, walk around the house or office.
  • Walk for short errands instead of taking the car.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator, if you can.

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