The latest trend—get off your backside!

GetOffYourBacksideWant to reduce your chances of dying early? Then get off your backside, says The Week.

A comprehensive analysis of 47 studies examining links between long periods of sitting and mortality has produced a definitive conclusion:

People who sit most of the day have an increased chance of developing diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and tend to gain weight and have shorter life spans.

Researchers from the University Health Network in Toronto found that those who sat for long periods were 24 percent more likely to die from health problems than those who sat less.

They also established that while exercise helps, it does not completely counteract the negative effects of sitting.

Lead researcher Aviroop Biswas told Live Science that he advised people to get up from the couch or chair and take a few steps and stretches as frequently as possible.

In other ‘action’ news, British researchers at the University of Birmingham have found that even a gentle lunchtime stroll can clear the mind and result in immediate improvement in energy, stress levels and productivity.

The researchers gave 56 sedentary but healthy office workers a simple exercise regime: walking for 30 minutes at lunch three times a week, at whatever pace they wanted.

The volunteers were then asked to answer a series of questions every afternoon, to determine their mood. At the end of the 10-week study, the results were striking: The volunteers felt markedly more enthusiastic and less stressed on the afternoons they had walked.

Study leader Dr. Cecilie Thogersen-Ntoumani noted that while many employers expect employees to work through their lunch break, people who get out for a walk would be happier and more enthusiastic—and therefore more ‘productive.’

So get out of the sedentary rut. The more you move your backside, the easier and more automatic it becomes!

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