Apparently, all of the years those of us with desk jobs worried about the negative impact that remaining sedentary for extended periods of time had on our health was in vain. According to Glamour, a recent study from University College of London suggests that sitting won’t negatively impact your health if you can balance out that time with a decent amount of physical activity during other periods of the day.
Between 1997 and 1999, 3,720 men and 1,412 women—who were not suffering from heart disease—were asked to share the amount of time they spent per week sitting in five very typical situations; for example, during leisure time, while watching television, and working. Researchers then followed up with participants in July of 2014 for health updates. 450 participants died by the time of the follow-up survey; however, “No associations were observed between any of the five sitting indicators and mortality risks.” Based on their findings, researchers concluded that contrary to previous reports, there is not a direct relationship between “sitting time” and increased risk of death.
Authors of the study went on to warn that the “protective effect of the high volumes of daily walking” likely contributed to their findings. In the area of London where the study was conducted, “employees are far likelier to stand (on buses and trains) or walk during their commute to work than those residing in other areas.”
In other words, sitting for long periods is okay as long as you’re balancing that time with periods of physical activity such as walking