Those who spent most of the day sitting were found to have bigger waistlines, higher body mass indexes, and worse blood sugar and cholesterol than their more ambulatory coworkers. Every hour beyond five that an employee spent sitting was found to add two-tenths of a percent to their likelihood of developing heart disease.
For those on the stroll, approximately 15,000 steps was connected to normal body mass indexes and other metabolic profiles. In other words, those who hit this number had no higher risk of heart disease.
If 15,000 steps sounds daunting, the New York Times has a suggestion from Dr. William Tigbe, a physician who led the study, to make it happen easily: walk 30 minutes before work, another 30 during lunch, and do a few 10-minute stretches during the day.