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We all know exercise is good for us, but did you know that sitting is worse than not exercising at all. Sitting is the new smoking in terms of health risk, in fact prolonged sitting, regardless of gender, age, BMI, is a risk factor for diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes irrespective of how much physical exercise. In other words if you go to the gym in the morning for 45min and then sitting all day at your desk, driving your car to and from work and spending the evening watching TV, your risk is still the same, the problem is the length of time seated. This is great news for those of us who are not into intense exercise but can keep the body moving. Getting up from your chair every 50min for 10min physical activity throughout the day is very important, and has been shown that reducing sitting time along with doing your recommended daily activity (30min moderate intensity at least 5 times per week for adults in NZ), is protective against heart disease, diabetes and other non-communicable disease.1

TED talk: “Sitting Is the New Smoking but you’ve got Options”?

So this March at Vitalise we are issuing a challenge to get people moving, we would like you to tell us what you are doing to minimise your time on your butt and send us a photo of you doing your physical activity. Enter online here

To wrap up I would like to let everyone know that the lovely Amelia is now in Christchurch, where she is available to do diet plans and will also be running cooking classes throughout the year. If you are interested please follow us on Facebook to keep up to date.


1. van der Ploeg, HP., Chey, T., Korda, RJ., Banks, E., Bauman, A. (2011). Sitting Time and All-Cause Mortality Risk in 222 497 Australian Adults. Archive Internal Medicine. 2012;172(6):494-500. doi:10.1001/archinternmed

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