the benefits of taking breaks from sitting for your health

A new study shows that sitting too much at work can harm your health (Gao W,, 2024). Individuals who mostly sat at work had a 16% higher all-cause mortality risk, and a 34% increased mortality risk from cardiovascular disease.

But good news! If you move more during your free time—even just 15 to 30 minutes a day—it can lower the risk, almost like you weren’t sitting all day.

They also found that alternating between sitting and non-sitting at work doesn't increase the risk. So, moving more and sitting less is key to a healthier life.

Think about it. Taking short breaks from sitting doesn’t have to be that difficult.

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Gao W, Sanna M, Chen YH, Tsai MK, Wen CP. Occupational Sitting Time, Leisure Physical Activity, and All-Cause and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Jan 2;7(1):e2350680. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.50680.

  • Category: News
  • Author: Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  • Published: 2024-02-09
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