More evidence that prolonged sitting is hazardous to your health – and that exercise can mitigate the hazards.
The American Institute for Cancer Research reports that more than 90,000 new cancer cases each year are due to prolonged sitting. The risk is there even if you’re physically active and physically fit.
The AICR’s press release says, “The emerging field of sedentary behavior research is finding that sitting for long periods of time can increase some of those same indicators of cancer risk, even among people who exercise daily.”
Another doctor quoted in the report says, “Sitting time is emerging as a strong candidate for being a cancer risk factor in its own right. It seems highly likely that the longer you sit, the higher your risk. This phenomenon isn’t dependent on body weight or how much exercise people do,” said Dr. Owen.
Sitting, just sitting, is a cancer risk factor all by itself, regardless of your other activities.
What can you do to reduce the risk? The AICR says that breaks of as little as one minute can lower the biomarkers associated with cancer risk.