The study followed adults over the age of 60 and found the following:
- During an average of 14 hours of wakefulness per day, subjects were sedentary for approximately 9 hours.
- For every hour of sedentary behavior, the risk of developing a problem that would affect one's normal activities increases by 50%.
- While exercise is important for one's health, it does not mitigate the risks associated with being sedentary for prolonged periods.
So what do we learn? It's not enough to just exercise in the morning for an hour and then sit at a desk for the rest of the day. It's important that we find ways to spread activity throughout our day. The good news is that it's easy to prevent the problems associated with prolonged sedentary behavior. Every half hour, simply get up and walk around for a few minutes. If aches and pains are discouraging you from being more active, it's important to address those problems in order to prevent further disability.