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Wendy Bumgardner

Women Who Get Enough Exercise Still Sit Too Much

By November 7, 2012

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DeskI am the poster child for this study's conclusion. In the first study that used a thigh-worn activity monitor to truly track sitting time, they found that women who got the recommended 10,000 steps per day and 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week still spent most of the day sitting and inactive. They spent an average of nine hours per day sitting, which is more time than most people spend sleeping.

This is bad because several studies show that sitting time increases your health risks, whether or not you get enough physical activity the rest of the day. The conclusion of the study is that you can't judge whether someone is inactive based on how long they spend sitting. Women who get much more exercise than the average person still spent nine hours a day sitting still. It's going to take more than encouraging physical exercise to reduce sitting time. It's probably going to take redesign of the workplace, with standing desks and workflow that gets people out of their chairs and cubicles.

I have a FitDesk bicycle desk in my home office and I have to admit that it is functioning as a clothes hanger at the moment. Time to start using it!

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Source: Lynette L Craft, Theodore W Zderic, Susan M Gapstur, Erik H VanIterson, Danielle M Thomas, Juned Siddique and Marc T Hamilton. "Evidence that women meeting physical activity guidelines do not sit less: An observational inclinometry study." International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2012, 9:122 doi:10.1186/1479-5868-9-122

November 8, 2012 at 11:15 am
(1) JoAnn says:

Like most of you, I work at a computer. I’ve found setting a timer for 30 minutes reminds me to simply get up and take a few steps twice an hour. It’s not much, but at least I no longer sit for hours at a time.

November 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm
(2) Anna says:

Opposite problem! I spend all day standing and walking as a nurse. Legs ache at end of day. Only sit for half an hour at lunch. 10 hour shifts are a killer although from your study maybe healthier after all.

November 10, 2012 at 6:50 am
(3) Cathy says:

I am also a nurse and spend long shifts on my feet. Wearing good shoes is the key to keeping my legs and back from aching. I wear a pedometer and walk more than 12,000 steps per shift.

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