Could your work chair be a risk? Study links sitting time to early death

Could your work chair be a risk? Study links sitting time to early death
Could your work chair be a risk? Study links sitting time to early death
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Recent research published in the journal Jama Network Open, carried out by Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, brought an alarming discovery: sitting for prolonged periods in the workplace can increase the risk of premature death by up to 16%. The study analyzed the lifestyles of 481,688 people over 20 years.

Increased risks of mortality: understand the study

The results of the study showed that people who spent more time sitting during the day had a greater chance of dying earlier. This conclusion includes deaths caused by a variety of diseases, including cardiovascular problems, cancer and respiratory diseases. Specifically, the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was 34% higher among those who stayed in this position longer.

How to combat the harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle

The good news is that there are ways to reduce the damage caused by excessive sitting. Researchers suggest that between 15 and 30 minutes of intense physical exercise every day can help offset the risks of sedentary lifestyle. Furthermore, they recommend that companies make changes to their work routine to improve employee health.

Suggestions for companies and employees

Some of the suggestions include encouraging more frequent breaks and adopting desks that allow you to work standing up. Companies can also create areas dedicated to physical activities and offer benefits for gym memberships. This can help reduce the time employees spend sitting.

The importance of changing the working day

Wayne Gao, the researcher responsible for the study, emphasizes the need to be aware of the long working hours and the sedentary lifestyle that characterizes the current lifestyle. He advises that reducing time spent at work and incorporating regular physical exercise can be beneficial in reducing the risk of mortality and heart disease associated with an inactive lifestyle.

The article is in Portuguese

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