Office workers need to get off their seats and move around more, according to a new campaign. Researchers in UK say sitting for long periods at work is linked to a host of health problems, which are not undone by working out in the gym. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and poor mental health have all been linked to sedentary behavior.
They are calling on people to stand regularly, walk around more and embrace ideas such as standing meetings or standing desks. Experts described inactivity as "one of the biggest" challenges in health. The effect is found even in people who class themselves as fit.
Prolonged sitting is thought to slow the metabolism and affect the way the body controls sugar levels, blood pressure and the breakdown of fat. Their survey of 2,000 office workers suggested 45 percent of women and 37 percent of men spend less than 30 minutes a day up on their feet at work.
Experts say that inactivity and sedentary behavior are one of the biggest challenges we have in public health today. Compared with 100 years ago, our levels of physical activity are small, the number of manual jobs are continually reducing; even if you dig a road up you sit in a little tractor.