In a study published this week in The International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers announced what every cubicle farm employee wants to read, hear, and believe, that sitting for long periods of time won’t increase your chances of death.
Researchers tracked 16 years of documented sitting situations, with each of the study’s 5,132 participants reporting how long they sat while at work, watching TV, and leasire time. The team behind “Associations of sitting behaviours with all-cause mortality over a 16-year follow-up: the Whitehall II study” controlled diet and general health and kept track of time spent on physical activity.
Now, that’s not to suggest sitting is the healthiest of your options in life. In fact, even though the researchers claim the amount of time spent sitting doesn’t impact mortality risk, they still don’t want you to trade “I should go workout” for “eh, sitting won’t kill me.”
It’s also important to note that the participants were predominantly white-collar workers in London, a city that typically requires a good amount of walking.
Overall, it’s just comforting to know that when someone invites me over for a several-course meal, I can stop accusing them of long-form murder.