Trevor Raab Research links prolonged sedentary time to heart problems, mood disorders, back pain, and more.
New research points to the baseline of movement you should aim for each day to combat the negative effects of sitting.
The dangers of sitting all day, every day, have been well researched within the past decade, with studies linking prolonged sitting to negative health outcomes like poor cardiovascular function , mood disorders , chronic back and neck pain , and even a shorter lifespan . Researchers have also looked into how much activity you need to offset these risks, including a new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine .
The good news? Those researchers found that just 20 to 25 minutes of daily physical activity may be enough to counter the risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Looking at data from major lifestyle habit studies in Norway and Sweden, they assessed the behaviors of about 12,000 people over the course of two years. Participants wore activity trackers and reported health factors like cardiovascular disease , cancer , and diabetes .
More From Bicycling Video player poster image Analysis of the track data showed that being sedentary for more than 12 hours daily was associated with a 38 percent higher risk of death compared to eight hours of sitting—but only among those who totaled fewer than 22 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity .
“The takeaway from our research is that sitting is not that dangerous as long as you do regular physical […]