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Why desk jobs double the risk of premature death

Workers with desk jobs might be twice as likely to suffer premature death, despite regular exervice, as a new study reveals.

Whether you sit all day long or stand up every once in a while, the time spent inactive accumulates and increases your risk of early death, according to this study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The team was led by Columbia University exercise researcher Keith Diaz and monitored the movements of around 8,000 adults aged 45 and more who wore an accelerometer on their hip.

After 10 days, the team found that sitting made up 12.3 hours over a 16-hour waking day, which is 77% on average. After the participants have been tracked, the data showed that those who spent the most time sitting were also the most likely to die during the time frame of the study. This led the study’s authors to advise people who sit down for prolonged periods of time to get up and move around every 30 minutes to reduce the risk of premature death.

“Sitting really is the new smoking,” researcher Monika Safford said, according to the Independent. “We need creative ways to ensure we not only cut back on the amount we sit but increase regular bursts of activity.” These findings support another similar study conducted by Cambridge University which found that one in six deaths were caused by 9-5 office lifestyles.

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