Stand during working day to prevent health risks of sedentary jobs, says guidanceBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2961 (Published 02 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2961
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I read this informative article with interest (BMJ 2015;350:h2961).
Prolonged sitting is common and a serious problem all over the world. Sedentary behavior, which may be defined as sitting, lying down, and expending very little energy, is evidence for a new health risk - that is, cardio-metabolic risk.  Sedentary time in adults is associated with adverse health consiquences like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death - as shown in systematic review and meta-analysis . Prolonged sitting can affect every part of the body, and too much sitting is linked to an early death. [3, 4]
The question is how to minimize prolonged sitting and handle sedentary behavior? Breaks in sedentary time - avoiding prolonged uninterrupted periods of sedentary (primarily sitting) time - has beneficial associations with metabolic risk . Trying yoga poses, stretching the hip flexors, sitting on something wobbly, walking during commercials (during TV advertisements ) and alternating between sitting and standing in the work place will help and reduce the health hazards of sitting .
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