Sedentary Work Offset by One Hour of Daily Exercise

About an hour of moderate-intensity activity (i.e. brisk walking) can erase the increased death rate associated with sitting at work all day. More than 1 million men and women were included in a meta-analysis which found when the least active participants (5 min. per day of moderate activity) sat all day their death rate increased by…

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Get Off Your Posterior!

In the U.S. and the U.K. 70-95% of adults are inactive. Office workers should move around or stand for at least 4 hours during the workday for reductions in heart disease, diabetes and all-cause mortality risks. A Canadian study found significant reductions in risk for cardiovascular mortality in those who stood more than two hours…

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Good Advice for “Sitting Disease”

A consensus statement of U.K. public health experts recommends those with desk-based jobs seek to get 2 hours of standing or light activity each workday. The authors cite evidence which links cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, mental health problems, and mortality with sedentary behaviors. They advise sedentary workers to regularly alternate between standing-based and sitting-based work, and strongly recommend adjustable standing desks.…

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Sitting Increases Risk of Cancer

Sitting can be fatal! Researchers in Germany did a meta-analysis of 43 observational studies that included more than 4 million people. They found sitting is associated with a 24% increased risk of colon cancer, 32% increased risk of endometrial cancer, and a 21% increased risk of lung cancer. The bad news from this study is…

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