You’ve probably read about the health risks of sitting for too long each day, but did you know that it can make you age faster, too? American researchers found that older women who sat for more than 10 hours a day – and did less than 40 minutes of physical activity – had cells biologically eight years older than more active women.
The sedentary women had shorter telomeres – one of the biological markers of ageing. While telomeres do naturally shorten as you get older, lifestyle choices can have an impact on how fast this happens.
The study showed that exercise can offset the effects of prolonged sitting, so make a conscious effort to be more active and on your feet more each day. If you have an office job, set a reminder on your screen to get up and move around at regular intervals. Take a walk in your lunch break, rather than eating at your desk. You could ask your workplace to invest in a standing desk. It may be too much to stand all day, but you can have a hot-desking system of taking turns.
Don’t sit down all day at work or at home