The impact of sitting for several consecutive hours cannot be compensated for with vigorous exercise or spending a few hours a week at the gym.
However, according to research by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, taking breaks from prolonged sitting can help counteract the negative effects.
It may improve glucose metabolism and reduce cardiovascular risk. Even standing for a minute to stretch your legs can be beneficial. Increased breaks in sedentary time have also been associated with a lower waist circumference.
Like sitting, prolonged standing also is bad for your health. Apart from being tiring, it increases the risk of developing varicose veins, foot problems, poor circulation and swelling in the feet and legs, heart and circulatory problems, and other health concerns.