A study published recently in JAMA Oncology found that greater sedentary time was associated with higher cancer mortality. This prospective cohort study followed 8,002 participants aged 45 years or older living in the U.S. for over five years. During the study period, 268 participants (3.3 percent) died of cancer. Moving less was associated with higher risk of cancer death. Replacing 30 minutes of sedentary time with low impact physical activity (such as walking) was significantly associated with an 8 percent lower risk of dying from cancer.
This study offers one more reason why sitting less and moving more is essential to good health and longevity.