NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – Evidence is piling up that too much sitting can take a serious toll on your health.
A new study links sitting for prolonged periods of time to increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and early death — even in people who get regular exercise.
“Even if you do a half an hour or an hour or of exercise every day, doesn’t give us the reassurance that sitting for the other 23 hours is okay. In fact, it’s not,” said Dr. David Alter of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, one of the authors of the study.
The study, published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, is based on a review and analysis of previous research. It found that the health hazards seem to be greatest for people who sit eight or nine hours a day. The impact was even more pronounced in people who did not exercise regularly.