Too much sitting is linked to an early death.

By , Former Executive Editor, Harvard Women’s Health Watch
I spend most of each workday sitting in a chair, my fingers the only part of my body moving intensely. Technology lets me and millions of other people earn a living from the relative comfort of our desks without having to break a sweat or even stand up. Once the workday is done, we can transition straight from desk to car to couch, taking barely a step in between.

Sit less

How much sitting can you safely do in a day? In the study, women who were inactive for 11 or more hours a day fared the worst, facing a 12% increase in premature death, but even lesser amounts of inactive time can cause problems. “Once you’re sitting for more than 6 to 8 hours a day, that’s not likely to be good for you,” Dr. Manson says. She adds that you want to avoid prolonged sitting and increase the amount of moderate or vigorous exercise you do each day.

When it comes to exercise, “Any activity is good,” says Dr. Lee. “Some is better than none, and more is better than less.” Ideally, work a full half-hour or hour of exercise each day while trying to be active—even in short spurts—the rest of the time. But if you can only squeeze in 10 minutes of dedicated exercise at a time, aim for that.

By , Former Executive Editor, Harvard Women’s Health Watch
If you need to move more or your doctor recommends additional physical activity, PTA Physical Therapy is here to help you Move, Feel, and Live Longer. To request an appointment at any of our six clinics in the Flathead Valley, click HERE.