Earlier this year, researchers proclaimed sitting the new smoking.
The reason: A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that sitting for extended periods, even with exercise, correlated with a 10 percent higher risk of early death. Sure, that’s scary to hear, but before you go out and buy a pricey standing desk to extend your life, you should know that these findings may not be true. What’s more, standing may not be any better than sitting—at least that’s what a second group of scientific minds are claiming.
Their study, which was recently published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, examined 5,000 people’s sitting, walking and exercise habits over 16 years. The research, which accounted for factors like age, gender, general health and lifestyle habits, found that increased sitting time did not influence mortality risk. They also found that standing in place is no better than sitting down, when it comes to your health. "Any stationary posture where energy expenditure is low may be detrimental to health, be it sitting or standing," study author Melvyn Hillsdon said in a statement.
The bottom line: Inactivity may not kill you any sooner, but it can still have negative impacts on your health and make it difficult to lose weight. Know that standing instead of sitting doesn’t mean you can skip your workout, and when you do break a sweat, be sure you’re doing these 17 Exercises to Ditch the Beer Belly.