Idea For The Week: Leave Your Desk For 2 Min And Prolong Your Life! (Seriously This Study Says So)

When I was a kid, my teachers said I “had ants in my pants,” my doctors said I had “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder,” but I’m pretty sure I was just very health conscious.

In fact, a new study is suggesting that getting up from your desk can help prolong your life. (So yeah, I guess you can add “Baby Genius” to that “ADHD” diagnosis. Okay, maybe I was getting up because I had a developmental neuropsychiatric disorder… Anyway, that’s not important.)

Dr. Srinivasan Beddhu, a nephrologist at the University of Utah, studied over a time period of a little less than three years, survey data from over 3,000 people who’d been given accelerometers. What he found was those who engaged in light physical activity, as simple as walking, for two minutes an hour had a 33% lower risk of death.

Yes. If you walk two minutes every hour, your percentage of dying will go down.

The study was published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

The study revealed that the participants spent more than half of their time doing sedentary activities. Dr. Beddhu said people need to do more than just stand up when they step away from their desks, he suggest going for a walk to grab a coffee.

Beddhu says that obesity, malnutrition and kidney disease are all releated. The study found that people with chronic kidney disease are more sedentary than people who are not. An average of 2 minutes of exercise per hour with some weekly moderate exercise reduced the risk of death by 41 percent in people with chronic kidney disease.

Meanwhile, all of us at First Slice are working 9 to 5, but our workdays look more like this…