Stand Up More- You Will Live Longer…. Fact!

The vast majority of adults in Britain – between two-thirds and five-sixths according to a new study spend more than two hours daily watching television. Scientists have tried to quantify this data to suggest how much of this is negative and what the possible harmful implications are to people’s health.

They estimated that if people limited their sitting time to three hours a day, their life expectancy would increase by two years on average the article published in the journal BMJ Open showed. Not only this- if television viewing was reduced to below 2 hours a day life expectancy rises by 1.4 years.

They found that half the peopled surveyed spend 50% of their day seated (hint: this is where you stand up to read the second half of this article). Interestingly 50% of the people surveyed also spent half of their “leisure” time seated. Overall the study showed that out of the population recorded that on average they spend 7.7 hours of their day sitting.

So what’s the point of this article? If you want to live longer don’t sit for more than 3 hours a day or watch more than 2 hours of TV a day on average. Ration your sitting time and try to move as much as possible. Who knows- it may save your life!



Published by ianmellis

Ian Mellis MSc. CSCS is the co-founder of Results FAST ( in Ware, Hertfordshire. Specialising in athletic development, physique improvement and injury rehabilitation he provides personal training, strength and conditioning and nutrition coaching for motivated exercisers and those looking to make a long term change to their health, fitness and performance.

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