Spend too much time sitting and having a behavior sedentary , after turning 60, increases the difficulties to perform activities of daily life such as getting out of bed, dressing and walking. That is, suffer disability, and independently of habits of exercise of the older adult, this also exacerbates conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiac insufficiencies.
A study headed by the researcher Dorothy Dunlop , teacher of the Faculty of Medicine Feinberg of the Northwestern University and backed by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases of the USA UU I evaluate the habits of exercise of more than 2,000 men and women from 60 years of age, and their ability to perform normal daily activities.
The study revealed that "regardless of how much time they spent in moderate physical activity , the more time they spent being sedentary they were more likely to be incapacitated, "Dunlop said.
Experts believe that sitting for extended periods causes muscles to burn less fat and to have less circulation in the blood. Inactive muscles and inadequate blood flow contribute to older adults suffer hypertension, heart disease s and even swelling in the ankles.
It was found that for each additional hour of sedentary lifestyle , the probabilities of disability increased by around 50 percent. For example, a 65-year-old woman who was sedentary 13 hours a day was 50 percent more likely to be disabled than a woman who was sedentary 12 hours, he explained.
Dunlop they suggest counteracting some sedentary behavior with such simple things as standing up to talk on the phone, walking a little when you get up for coffee or water, use the stairs instead of the elevator and leave your car in a remote parking space when you go shopping to the mall.