Get off your back­side to avoid an in­ac­tiv­ity-in­duced early grave

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

Not for your rights, but for the chance to live longer

‘Sit­ting is the new can­cer,’ said Ap­ple CEO Tim Cook ahead of his com­pany’s foray into the smart­watch mar­ket. And, while it's partly a ploy to sell his ac­tiv­ity-prompt­ing watches, he had a point. A new re­view of 47 stud­ies pub­lished in the An­nals Of In­ter­nal Medicine shows that the more time you spend sit­ting down, the greater your risk of heart dis­ease, can­cer and type 2 di­a­betes.

But all is not lost. The re­search sug­gests the neg­a­tive health ef­fects of sit­ting are greater in those who do lit­tle or no ex­er­cise, but ham­mer­ing your­self in the gym for 30 min­utes a day isn’t enough. The study urges peo­ple to re­duce seden­tary time by two to three hours in a 12-hour day – some­thing the Ap­ple Watch will help you do with its hourly ac­tiv­ity alerts. But if you’d rather not part with £299, the Movn app for An­droid and Mo­tionX Sleep iOS app can also mon­i­tor your ac­tiv­ity, and en­cour­age and re­ward you to re­sist be­ing idle. Just re­mem­ber to turn them off if you go to the cinema.

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