Prolonged sitting (or any passive activity) is terrible news for the cardiovascular system, metabolism, strength and muscle mass. Regardless of how we boil it. Even if you hit the recommended weekly activity guidelines (2-5 hours of moderate intensity or 1.25-2.5 hours vigorous intensity).
So that kind of sucks. But here’s a thick slice of hope.
Brief periods of activity (1-2 minutes) every 20-30 minutes can undo most, if not all, of the negativity of sitting. And perhaps then some.
Is it convenient? Hell no.
I get it. If I am deep into work, the last thing I feel like doing is getting off my chair. But I honestly can’t think of a good reason not to do it.