Recent study claims that sitting for long periods causes much more damage that can be counterbalanced by a 30-minute exercise. Researchers suggest that if someone sits through most of the day, or even through the eight hours of work, they cannot undo the effects with 30 minutes of physical activity. The loss caused by sitting for too long is irreversible. The research appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine on the Science Daily.

The University of Toronto recently concluded a research on the effects of sitting for long durations and how exercise contributes in reversing the negative effects from sitting. The University’s Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr. Alter, commented that people should avoid sedentary time and perform exercises on a regular basis. He said that these activities are important for ensuring good health. Dr. Alter is a senior author of the study.

The research also claims that people who spend a lot of time on their chairs are at an increased risk of getting heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and even death. Although these claims are not absolutely unknown, the highlight of the study is regular breaks involving physical activity within short time durations. Scientists have found out that the effects pose an equal threat to even those who exercise on a daily basis. They suggest that the threat can be minimized by small breaks after every 30 minutes of continuous sitting.

The benefits of taking small breaks, which could last for only say 5 minutes, include increased blood flow. This helps the body regain energy and lessen tension buildup in the lower back. A simple change in habit of getting up between working or leisure hours can reduce cardiac threats by almost 14%. It can also lower risk of cancer by 14% and more interestingly, the habit could help people lower risk of diabetes by as much as 91%.

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