Even women who exercise sit too much

Even those who exercise plenty still sit too much.

Studies have linked too much sitting to a higher risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and even premature death.

The new study, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, builds on a growing body of research bemoaning the dangers of sitting all day. The study of 91 healthy women between the ages of 40 and 75 said people who met or exceeded national guidelines for moderate to vigorous physical activity were still predominantly sedentary. Study participants averaged 146 minutes of moderate or vigorous activity a week, but still spent 63 percent of their waking hours sitting — be it commuting, at desk jobs or while watching television. Exercise time consumed only about 2 percent of their day.

Public health recommendations and interventions aimed at increasing exercise are unlikely to decrease how much time people spend sitting, the authors wrote.

— Anne Aurand, The Bulletin