The two simply don’t equate, newer research has shown.
A few years ago there was a big scare over sitting. It was said to be a death sentence. Working in an office all day was found to, perhaps, be just as bad for you as taking up smoking. The more people sat during their waking hours, the greater their risk of suffering an early death, the study found.
But we’re here to remind you, in case you didn’t hear about it the first time around, that resting on your laurels isn’t actually so bad for you. (Of course, all things within reason).
A study done at the University of South Australia in 2018 had this to say about it.
“…while research does suggest excessive sitting (roughly more than eight hours a day) increases the risk of premature death and some chronic diseases by 10-20%, this pales in comparison to the risks associated with smoking.”
Smoking is said to increase your risk of premature death by any cause by about 180%, clearly more than sitting.
University of South Australia epidemiologist Dr. Terry Boyle elaborated on the issue.
“The simple fact is, smoking is one of the greatest public health disasters of the past century. Sitting is not, and you can’t really compare the two,” he said. “Equating the risk of sitting with smoking is clearly unwarranted and misleading, and only serves to trivialize the risks associated with smoking.”
So, there you go.
Experts advise that you do get up and move around every half hour or so if you find yourself stuck working in a seat, or simply sitting for leisure. But don’t fret- you won’t need a couch potato’s equivalent of the nicotine patch, in order to stay healthy.