Stand up for your bet­ter health

Mak­ing small changes to a seden­tary lifestyle can have a big im­pact on health

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety -

Be­ing health­ier may be found in some­thing as sim­ple as stand­ing more and sit­ting less at work, says a re­cent study.

Re­plac­ing sit­ting time with stand­ing time ap­peared to im­prove sugar, fat and choles­terol lev­els in the blood, re­searchers wrote in the Euro­pean Heart Jour­nal. The find­ings sug­gest that mak­ing small changes to a seden­tary lifestyle can have a big im­pact on health, and that you don’t need to go as far as tak­ing up marathon run­ning. A study of nearly 800 men and women in Aus­tralia re­vealed a clear as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween less sit­ting and bet­ter health.

“An ex­tra two hours per day spent stand­ing rather than sit­ting was as­so­ci­ated with ap­prox­i­mately two per­cent lower av­er­age fast­ing blood sugar lev­els and 11% lower av­er­age triglyc­erides (fats in the blood),” said a press state­ment.

Re­plac­ing two hours of sit­ting time with ac­tual ac­tiv­ity in the form of step­ping was even bet­ter, with lower blood fat and sugar scores as well as an 11% lower av­er­age Body Mass In­dex and a 7.5 cen­time­tre smaller av­er­age waist cir­cum­fer­ence. Adults in to­day’s world are highly seden­tary, with av­er­age sel­f­re­ported sit­ting time rang­ing from 3.2 to 6.8 hours per day in Europe, said the study. But there has been lit­tle re­search into the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of stand­ing, as op­posed to mov­ing, to re­place sit­ting.

In an ed­i­to­rial pub­lished with the study, Fran­cisco Lopez-Jimenez of the Mayo Col­lege of Medicine in Min­nesota said it showed that “the fight against seden­tary be­hav­iour can­not be won based only on the pro­mo­tion of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.”

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