LIVE LONGER

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - News -

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

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