Are you always sitting? Start walking for 2 minutes every hour to ward off these effects and extend your life

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Walking for 2 minutes every hour would counteract the negative health effects of sitting all the time.

To walk 2 minutes every hour would allow to counteract the negative effects on the health of the always stay seated. Those who study and those who work in the office or even those who do smartworking in this period probably spend most of their time sitting at a desk. Being seated all the time is certainly not a cure-all. The negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle I'm lurking.





Here then is that the US researchers have decided to investigate the subject. Anyone who spends a lot of time sitting should get up every hour and walk for 2 minutes. This is suggested by a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology by the experts of the University of Utah School of Medicine.

In particular, the researchers investigated the correlation between light physical activity and reduced risk of premature death. The study suggests engaging in low-intensity physical activity a couple of times a week may not be enough to offset the health risks of sitting for a long time during the day. (Read also: Do ​​you know the 10-1 rule? It is the secret to not being "killed by the chair" and defeating a sedentary lifestyle)

Here then the experts suggest both to continue to carry out your usual physical activity (or to start one) and to remember to take breaks from sitting. It would be enough a two minute break every hour to feel better.

Experts recalled that previous studies have shown that those who sit for many hours each day can encounter a increased risk of early death, But also diabetes, heart disease and other ailments.

The physical activity recommended by the experts must last for 2 and a half hours per week. This is a moderate physical activity to which you can add short walks every hour. In particular, enriching one's daily life with walks would be a real panacea for health. Two minutes of walking every hour would allow the consumption of 600 calories per week, a fact not to be underestimated given the growing trend towardsobesity and sedentary.



Researchers recall that moderate exercise strengthens the heart, muscles and bones. It allows the tissues of muscles and bones to renew themselves. In particular, the study examined the physical activity data of 3.243 subjects participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a government program that monitors the health and eating habits of adults and children.

According to the data collected by the researchers, the good habit of getting up from the chair every hour and walking for 2 minutes can lead to a 33% reduction in the risk of premature death. This is an interesting result, according to the researchers who carried out the study, because it re-evaluates the importance of light, regular and habitual physical activity, compared to carrying out very intense physical activity for short periods.

Leading a dynamic life according to the researchers is the best thing. But it is known that many people for study and work reasons tend to have a sedentary life. Consequentially the suggestion is to move more often and more: take a walk for a couple of minutes every hour and dedicate a couple of hours a week to light physical activity; let's think for example of Yoga, Pilates and gentle running.

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