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Sitting for more than six hours a day can increase a person’s risk of early death

Spending too much time sedentary every day can lead to early death, a new study finds.

Researchers from Simon Fraser University, in the Vancouver, Canada area, found that people who spend much of their day sitting down are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease or die from the disease.

The researchers warn that the amount of time people around the world spend sedentary has increased in recent years, largely due to the growing availability of technology such as computers and smartphones.

Sedentary lifestyles are responsible for many health problems around the world, including upward trends in obesity and diabetes in the US and across Europe.

People who spend more than eight hours a day sedentary in developing countries (yellow line) have a nearly 25% risk of all-cause mortality

People who spend more than eight hours a day sedentary in developing countries (yellow line) have a nearly 25% risk of all-cause mortality

People who sit more than eight hours a day are also significantly more likely to develop heart disease in their lifetime, the study found

People who sit more than eight hours a day are also significantly more likely to develop heart disease in their lifetime, the study found

Researchers, who published their findings Wednesday in JAMA Cardiologycollected data from 105,000 people in 21 countries over an average period of 11 years.

“Reducing sedentary time along with increasing physical activity may be an important strategy to alleviate the global burden of premature death and cardiovascular disease,” the research team wrote in the study.

Data was collected on the average amount of time a person spends each day sitting, either because of work or other lifestyle choices.

They compared rates of all-cause death and heart disease based on sitting time per day, using those who spent less than four hours per day sitting as the baseline.

This group is generally believed to have the most active lifestyles, although they get little rest during their daily waking hours.

Researchers found that those who sit for about four to six hours a day are, in fact, slightly less likely to develop heart disease and have an equal death rate from all causes.

However, people who spend more than that time sedentary each day face real problems.

In developed countries, someone who sits six to eight hours a day has a slightly increased risk of death, and the risk increases by ten percent for those who sit more than eight hours a day.

However, the mortality risk really jumps up for people living in developing countries.

A person who sits for six to eight hours each day is 20 percent more likely to die from any cause, while someone who sits more than eight hours a day has a nearly 25 percent risk of all-cause death.

Similar trends were found for heart disease, with people in lower-income countries more likely to suffer from the condition than their peers in more developed countries.

However, researchers don’t believe that sitting is the only factor at play here, because what people do with the time they’re not sitting is also important.

The standard US workday is eight hours, and if they spend that entire time sitting down, an employee is already reaching a dangerous level of daily inactivity (file photo)

The standard US workday is eight hours, and if they spend that entire time sitting down, an employee is already reaching a dangerous level of daily inactivity (file photo)

“An important issue of public health relevance in this area is the joint association of sitting and physical activity,” they wrote.

This suggests that reducing sedentary time alone is unlikely to yield optimal health benefits without increasing physical activity. Our findings support current guidelines that encourage ‘sitting less and moving more’ for better health.”

Unfortunately, things are going in the wrong direction for the time when people sit every day.

In the United States, more than four in five jobs are considered inactive, with the number of non-physical jobs increasing by 80 percent between 1950 and 2019, according to one Forbes report.

The average office job in America, which is almost always an idle job, lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., an eight-hour workday. That doesn’t count a commute, that is about an hour round trip for someone who does not work from home.

This means that the workday alone places a person above eight hours considered the greatest risk by the researchers.

That doesn’t include more time at home, as many Americans spend their off hours watching television throughout the day, adding to their daily sitting time.

This sedentary lifestyle has already been linked to America’s obesity and diabetes epidemics, and heart disease is the number one killer of American residents.

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