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Truths About Sitting

January 28, 2014

Maybe you’ve noticed the bad press the simple act of sitting has been getting over the past few years. In fact, our modern way of life that includes nearly 8 hours (if not more) of sitting daily might contribute to many ailments and, according to some, our early demise.

In 2011, a New York Times article asks the question “Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?” and a quick search with the words sitting + health turn up a variety of research and information regarding how the act of sitting affects our health. A recent report on NPR draws a line between increased sedentary time and heart failure.

This PDF from the Washington Post clearly outlines how sitting affects us and gives us a few simple actions to help balance the time spent sitting.

Don't just sit there!

As for me, I would love to reduce the amount of hours I spend in a chair and at a computer, yet find it necessary for productivity and work. Such a double edge! At least I can pledge to get up often, take walks 30 minutes daily and stand when on the phone to help alleviate the stress sitting puts on my body… and a little yoga as often as possible will help, too.

After reading these articles and researching the woes of sitting this song just might be my new anthem:

 

tags: ergonomics Health sitting well-being