Don’t Sit Down!

Siouxsie wrote this post while standing.

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology took a look at how the amount of time you spend sitting affects your risk of death. The results are not good, especially if you are a woman:

Women who reported more than six hours per day of sitting were 37 percent more likely to die during the time period studied than those who sat fewer than 3 hours a day.  Men who sat more than 6 hours a day were 18 percent more likely to die than those who sat fewer than 3 hours per day.

The news gets worse.  The research showed that one’s overall physical activity level makes no difference.  In other words, it doesn’t matter if you run marathons or practice three hours of yoga each day.  If you sit a lot, you are more likely to die sooner.  Yikes.

The abstract for the study is at this link.  It is titled “Leisure Time Spent Sitting in Relation to Total Mortality in a Prospective Cohort of US Adults.”

Bonus Video:

Siouxsie is part-Philly and Siouxsie’s mum danced on American Bandstand, so this was required listening.

Source: Sciencedaily.com

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~ by siouxsielaw on July 25, 2010.

4 Responses to “Don’t Sit Down!”

  1. Woah – sobering news. I do 12 hour shifts at work ON MY ASS! And then come home and SIT and watch telly or type on the pc. At least we got new desks at work where you can raise the whole thing up to standing level if you want. Think I’ll be doing that this week. Eep.

  2. Are you changing your stance on treadmill desks? I still say, “Fail.” I am going to try to take more breaks. Maybe, that will help.

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