Call it the throne of doom. The bench of death. The chaise of disease. The futon of fear.
Or, the office chair.
The studies are right though. The average daily eight hour American sit session is horrible for our health. But thanks to a few hero scientists, we may have just seated death.
According to new research published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, a five-minute stroll for every hour of sitting can counteract negative health benefits accrued to arteries in the legs.
The study found that sitting for just one hour can limit artery function by up to 50 percent, slowing blood flow which will lead to cardiovascular problems later in life. But the participants who walked for five minutes every hour saw no decrease in arterial performance.
“American adults sit for approximately eight hours a day,” the study’s lead author Saurabh Thosar told Medical News Today. “The impairment in endothelial function is significant after just one hour of sitting. It is interesting to see that light physical activity can help in preventing this impairment.”
Make no mistake, your sedentary backside has just cause to fear the dire warnings from multitudes of studies. But by all means, now is the perfect time to stroll to the water cooler, say hello to your boss or meander through a maze of cubicles. Then return to your cushion of calamity with a little less fear.