A timely new study highlights a strategy you can use to reduce the negative effects of sitting. It’s simple: Engage in physical activity for just a few seconds — as intensely as you can — at regular intervals throughout the day. Americans already sit for 10-plus hours a day, and we’re likely sitting more now during the pandemic. Here’s an overview of the study:
A small group of adults sat all day and sprinted once an hour for four seconds using a specialized bicycle.
Compared to days when they sat without exercising, they had significantly better fat metabolism (triglyceride levels).
This study shows that to reduce the negative effects of sitting, you have to incorporate movement into your day and break up long stretches of sitting.
Previous studies have shown that even if you exercise regularly, sitting for long periods can still pose health risks.