Get Up Out of Your Chair! Sit More, and You’re More Likely to Be Disabled Later in Life, Study Says.

For people 60 and older, an additional hour a day spent sitting increases the risk of becoming physically disabled by about 50 percent, new research has found.

The study—published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health—used data from the 2003-2005 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, which recorded the health, socioeconomic status, and access to medical care of 2,286 adults ages 60 and older. Participants also wore accelerometers around their waist for seven days to record how much time they spent sitting and how much time they spent doing moderate to vigorous activities.

Each hour spent sitting increased the odds of disability by 46 percent, and doing additional exercise didn’t erase that risk, researchers found.


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