This piece of research over a 16 year period shows that it is not how long you spend seated that counts. Encouraging people to be more active is the key in prolonging life.
The author states: “Our findings suggest that reducing sitting time might not be quite as important for mortality risk as previously and that encouraging people to be more active should still be a public health priority,”
The study followed more than 5,000 participants for 16 years, making it one of the longest follow-up studies in this area of research. For the research, participants, 3,720 men and 1,412 women, provided information on the total amount of time they spent sitting each day and on several specific types of sitting behavior: at work, during leisure time and while watching television. In addition, the participants also provided details on how much time they walked or spent engaged in moderate to vigorous activity each day. – See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8483-sitting-at-work.html#sthash.QUvttr5F.dpuf