According to a new study published in the journal the European Heart Journal standing is better four your health than sitting. Replacing long sitting hours with standing up and walking more frequently is good for improving blood sugar, lowering cholesterol levels and fats in the blood, optimizing the body mass index and keeping a trimmed waistline.
Australian researchers used isotemporal analysis, a statistical technique which estimates how reallocating time from sitting to walking or standing affects the health. They also measured the blood pressure, the waist and weight of the participants involved in the study and collected blood samples. Investigators also calculated how much time the participants spent standing and stepping or lying down or sitting. The study involved 782 men and women with ages between 36 and 80.
Dr. Genevieve Healy from the School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Australia said:
While the study cannot show that less time spent sitting causes the improvements in these markers of health, the associations it reveals are consistent with what is known already about the benefits of a non-sedentary lifestyle. More work is needed to understand cause and effect.”
The findings of the research indicate that time spent standing was associated with a decreased level of blood fats and blood sugar. Researchers also noted that participants who replaced sitting time with stepping experienced a noticeable reduction in their body mass index and waistline.
Two extra hours per day spent standing rather than sitting were linked with 11 percent lower fat level in the blood (triglycerides) and 2 percent lower levels of fasting blood sugar. It was also associated with increased average levels of good cholesterol.
Those participants who replaced two hours of sitting with two hours of stepping were also reported to have 11 percent lower average body index mass, 11 percent lower blood sugar levels and 14 percent lower average triglycerides. Replacing sitting time with standing did not have any effect on the body mass index and the waistline.
Dr. Healy remarked that not all sitting is bad, but if people will find a way to choose alternatives to sitting whenever they get the chance it will be good for their metabolic health and for their heart. She concluded that the message of the study is that people should sit less, stand up and move more.
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