Heart Health

Short walks every half-hour may offset harms of too much sitting

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By , Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter

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Breaking up long periods of sitting with a short walk every half-hour may benefit your health, a small study suggests.

For the study, 11 middle-aged and older adults sat in a comfortable chair for eight hours a day over the course of five separate days. One day involved uninterrupted sitting with only short bathroom breaks. On the other four days, they either walked on a treadmill for one minute after every 30 or 60 minutes of sitting, or walked for five minutes after every 30 or 60 minutes. Their blood pressure was measured hourly; blood sugar was measured every 15 minutes.

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Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter

Julie Corliss is the executive editor of the Harvard Heart Letter. Before working at Harvard, she was a medical writer and editor at HealthNews, a consumer newsletter affiliated with The New England Journal of Medicine. She … See Full Bio
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Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Christopher P. Cannon is editor in chief of the Harvard Heart Letter. He is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and senior physician in the Preventive Cardiology section of the Cardiovascular Division at … See Full Bio
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