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Sitting Too Much Is Worse For Us Than We Thought!

We all know that spending too much time in a chair can lead to health problems but, turns out, sitting can also damage your cells and speed up the ageing process.

You won’t believe how many years you stand to lose simply by sitting too much!

Sitting Too Much Is Worse For Us Than We Thought!

The Link Between Sitting and Cell Deterioration

Forget the anti-ageing creams. Turns out, just getting off your bum can keep you looking and feeling younger.

A recent study confirms that sitting for too many hours in a day can age our cells quicker, especially in women who are over the age of 64.

Women who sit for extended periods of time (10 hours a day), combined with low physical activity, have cells that are biologically older than their chronological age by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary, research shows.

10 hours of sitting per day can age cells by eight years

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and included over 1,500 women. This is one of the first studies that objectively measures how the combination of sedentary time and exercise can impact the ageing biomarker.

The study concluded that women who remain sedentary for more than 10 hours per day have shorter telomeres.

sitting worse than we think

What in the world is a telomere?

It’s a cap found at the end of each of your DNA strands that protects them from deterioration. Sitting for too many hours in a day can cause these telomeres to shorten and fray, which can lead to rapid ageing.

There are plenty of other lifestyle choices that cause your telomeres to shorten including smoking, which can also cause rapid ageing, especially in younger women who smoke. 

Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. Chronological age doesn’t always match biological age,” said Aladdin Shadyab, PhD, lead author of the study.

Dr. Shadyab recommends all women, regardless of their age, get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.

“Physical activity should continue to be part of our daily lives as we get older, even at 80 years old.”

Getting Your Daily Dose of Exercise (even when the kids won’t stop clinging to your leg)

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Jenna Galley

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna traded in the cold mountain air for the laid back lifestyle of Australia nine years ago. She is now a mum to one son, one daughter, one dog and one cat, all of whom live with her and her partner in Cairns, QLD. When not writing about the ups and downs of parenting, she is usually outside doing some form of physical activity or indulging in a glass of antioxidant-infused fruit drink. Okay, it's wine.