CDC Study: American’s Sedentary Lifestyle Increasing Risk of Premature Death

The average American is sitting too much and not exercising enough, says a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This sedentary behavior has been shown to have a potentially devastating effect on health and longevity.

Sitting health risks

The study used data from the most recent 2015-16 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of about 5,900 adults, which include both interviews and physical examinations. The results showed that nearly 25% of  adults reported sitting for six to eight hours or more each day and not getting enough exercise.

In contrast, the healthiest group represents the smallest – just under 3% of the adults said they sit for less than four hours per day and are sufficiently active. Overall, these patterns were consistent between men and women, but extended sitting combined with too little activity increased with age.

“Both high sedentary behavior and physical inactivity have negative health effects,” the authors of the study said. “And evidence suggests that the risk of premature mortality is particularly elevated when they occur together.”

The study shows American’s need help moving more throughout their day. Right now, the CDC’s exercise guidelines recommend that adults do moderate-intensity aerobic exercise for two hours and 30 minutes every week, plus muscle strengthening activities on two or more days a week. Experts also recommend taking a brisk walk every 30 minutes of sitting.

It’s not always easy to take breaks every thirty minutes during your work day and keeping up with a regular exercise schedule can also be tough. One easy way to counteract the negative affects from sitting too much is to switch to a motion office chair, like swopper.

When you sit on a swopper you bounce, tilt and sway so your body is constantly in motion. This keeps your muscles engaged, your circulation flowing and your posture correct. This subtle, unconscious movement helps protect us from the health risks that come with an office job.

Whether you commit to breaks every thirty minutes or switch to sitting on a motion chair, this study shows it is imperative to prioritize movement throughout your day.

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