"Recent, observational studies have suggested that prolonged bouts of sitting time and lack of whole-body muscular movement are strongly associated with obesity, abnormal glucose metabolism, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and cancer, as well as total mortality independent of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity," say the authors, Elin Ekblom-Bak, Mai-Lis HellÚnius and Bj÷rn Ekblom.
Source: Are we facing a new paradigm of inactivity physiology? .pdf
For those of us who spend long hours working at a desk or computer, and lolling in front of a TV, that is a wake-up call. Evidence is pointing towards activity breaks as necessary for health. I have 10 tips to stop sitting still, which I wrote after earlier research was published in 2007. Some folks have switched to a treadmill desk. But I think the best solution is still to wear a pedometer that nags you to get in more steps.
Do you have a computer program or iPhone app that you like to remind you to get up, stretch, move around or take a break?