GET UP, STAND UP
Get off your backside to avoid an inactivity-induced early grave
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.