Report - Sitting less could add to life expectancy
Thursday, July 12, 2012
New research published in the British Medical Journal Open suggests that Americans who reduce the amount of time spent sitting could add years to their lives, CNN Health reported. Researchers were able to estimate that when individuals reduce the amount of time spent sitting to three hours or less per day, they could add another two years to their life expectancy.
The active business travelers running across the globe may find themselves in an enviable position with their occupations allowing for increased activity and less time available to perch themselves in front of their corporate suites televisions at the end of the day.
While this news spreads across the web, CNN Health advised readers to remember that the research is not based on causes and only finds an association between the two, warning, "The researchers did not prove that sitting more is the cause of earlier death."
Popular blog The Gawker made light of this study, drawing a comparison between smoking and sitting and saying that the research really isn't news, as "Doctors have long warned about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle."
Frequent business travelers do have to battle with the effects a long flight can have on the body. To combat negative effects from flying, Fit Day recommends three key stretches that can help loosen up the body while on long flights: neck side stretches, back stretches, and overhead stretches.