New study says sitting can cut lifespan, encourages more skiing

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 22, 2010 6:48 pm

A new study disputes the widely held belief that exercising one hour a day is the path towards living a long life. According to a new American Cancer Society study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, those individuals who spend more time sitting during their leisure time have a substantially increased risk of death, regardless of their daily exercise intake.

The study measured the activity levels and mortality rates of almost 123,000 healthy men and women over 13 years. The findings suggest women who sit for more than six hours a day during leisure time were 40% more likely to die before women who spend less than three hours sitting. For men, the rate wasn’t quite as high, but proposes males who spend more time sitting have a 20 percent increased risk of death.

While not exactly earth-shattering logic, the study seems to prove those who sit less, live a longer life than those who don’t. However, the interesting part of the study is that even normal weight individuals had similar increased mortality chances according to the study.

One theory behind the findings is that excess time spent sitting results in suppressing a person’s immune system, resulting in an increase of developing cancer and other diseases. Additionally, sitting for long periods of time could lead to dangerous blood clot, which is why airlines encourage getting up and moving around on longer flights.

So next time you think that hour spent on the treadmill is enough to meet your exercise needs, perhaps consider a day spent at your local ski and snowboard resort. Just think, that life ticket might add back years onto your life.