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SIT LESS, MOVE MORE!

YOUR RUNNING CAN’T COUNTER ACT AN OTHERWISE SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE. HERE ‘S WHY WE NEED TO GET MORE BUMS OFF SEATS…

We all know that running makes us healthy. Whether it’s lowering our risk of heart disease or improving our mental health, as regular runners we feel safe in the knowledge we’re doing the best we can to keep fit and well. However, there’s a health risk you might be taking every day, something you’re unaware of. It can increase your risk of many diseases and running further or faster isn’t going to help. What it is?

Sitting. Yes, the office chair, the sofa, the driver’s seat, all pose a risk. For some, work or small children make a long sit-down a thing of dreams. But for many, working days involve long hours at a desk, and in transport. Sitting has been referred to as the new smoking and it’s important we’re aware of the effect it may be having on our health.

The Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines for physical activity advise a weekly target of 150 minutes of moderate activity (such as fast walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (such as running). What you might not know is that the guidelines also say you need to reduce your sedentary time. Medical research has now shown that the time we spend sitting has its own health risks, particularly type 2 diabetes, which can’t simply be cancelled out by doing half an hour’s exercise. So, that spin class on the way home from work or that Saturday morning parkrun doesn’t mean you can spend the rest of the day sitting at a desk or on the sofa watching TV.

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Get fit quick with the September issue of Women’s Running, on sale now! We’ll help you find focus in your running with our four-week plans for mini running goals, from smashing out a parkrun PB to shifting a few pounds to trying your first triathlon. Bit pushed for time thanks to the kids? Our busy mums’ training guide will show you how to squeeze in a few runs - and we’ve got the lowdown on the best running buggies you can buy, too. Find out how to run well for life with our expert guide to running skills, and be inspired to try for a sub-three-hour marathon - our cover star Gemma Hockett believes anyone can do it! Find all this plus the usual advice, inspiration and kit reviews for trail and road.