Sedentary, or sitting still is dangerous despite physical activity.
We already know that physical activity is important for our health, now some studies indicate that it is equally important not to sit still.
Sedentary can no longer be used as a synonym for physical inactivity as sedentary, independent of other physical activity, have been shown to increase the risk of lifestyle diseases.
Today there is much research that demonstrates how important it is that we are moving. Physical activity is strong evidence that it prevents or delays the emergence of many of our common diseases.
There are studies that can be read on the evidence available regarding how diseases can be prevented and treated with physical activity. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, cancer, asthma, obesity, depression and dementia are some of them. Physical activity can also treat many different diseases simultaneously.
Sitting still for a long time is strongly linked to obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, cancer and premature death and this totally independent of other physical activity. Sitting still has thus proved to be dangerous in itself!
So what exactly does it mean to sit still?
Sitting still, or sedentary includes activities that do not significantly increase energy expenditure beyond our resting metabolism. It can be anything from travel by bus, car or train, sit and read, sit at the computer or watching TV.
So what can we do about it?
Small short pauses that break the sedentary time has proved to be very important. A positive correlation has been observed between several metabolic risk factors, such as waist circumference, BMI and triglycerides, and the number of interruptions of inactivity.
The link can be viewed independent of total sedentary time and the time with moderately intense physical activity.
These new findings may influence future recommendations. Physical activity can be seen as a protective factor, motionless as a risk factor. Today it is normally recommended to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
With prescription, yes, you can get exercise on prescription, instead of medicine in some places today. In the future, including recommendations for avoiding sitting still might appear.
It can now be observed that we humans don't feel good when we sit still to much. Stand up and do a little gymnastics or some random movements has never been so sensisible as right now and take the stairs instead of the elevator, take your bike, or walk to work instead of driving. All in all it has a great impact on your health.