Are We All Sitting Ourselves To Death?

February 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm 2 comments

Ergonomists have always stated that the human body was not meant to sit still for too long – you should get up and move around as often as possible. But the results of recent study from Australia goes a lot further and gives a very ominous warning: each waking hour spent per day in a sedentary position (e.g. in front of the television) increases the risk of death from all causes by 11%.

Apparently it is not only telly addicts whose lazy lifestyles put them in danger. Sitting at an office desk or in front of a computer for too long poses similar risks, according to the scientists.

The study in Australia monitored 8,800 adults for six years to see what impact watching TV had on their long term health. The findings were published on January 11th in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

“A lot of the normal activities of daily living that involved standing up and moving the muscles in the body have been converted to sitting,” says David Dunstan, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and a professor at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Victoria, Australia. “Many people simply shift from one chair to another – from the chair in the car to the chair in the office to the chair in front of the television.”

The implications are simple, Dunstan said. “Too much sitting is bad for health. In addition to doing regular exercise, avoid sitting for prolonged periods and keep in mind to ‘move more, more often’.”

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michel  |  February 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    You can also ask yourself what kind of life you’ll have, shifting from one chair to another. Not only your life will be short, but it may also be of poor quality..

    I sincerely hope this kind of study opens a lot of eyes!

    • 2. officechairuk  |  February 11, 2010 at 1:59 pm

      Unfortunately that is the way of life for many of us today. I work a 14+ hour day, and most of that time for me is spent sitting at the computer. How much time do you spend sitting in the same spot each day?


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