Sitting Too Much Is Hazardous to Your Health

Evidence is accumulating which strongly suggests we spend way too much time sitting every day--which can be harmful to our health. Watch this short video which portrays the hidden risk of sitting too much. Suggestion: stand while you watch it! PositiveTip: Find a new way each day to be active and avoid too much sitting!

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To Sit or Stand?

Most of us spend a significant portion of our day just sitting. Growing evidence suggests this may not be good for our health. Researchers in Australia attached an actigraph monitor to almost 700 participants for more than a week. They found 2 hours spent sitting each day was significantly associated with higher body mass, fasting plasma…

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Should You Get a Height-Adjustable Desk?

Do height-adjustable workstations actually encourage people to stand more, and does standing translate to reduced risks? A review of five small studies comparing employees who used height-adjustable desks with those who did not failed to find any differences. The authors stated standing might be only marginally better than sitting and moderate to vigorous purposeful exercise…

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Too Much Sitting is Not Good for the Heart

A study presented at the American College of Cardiology 2015 meetings reports there are serious health consequences to 'sitting too much' and this may be different from the impact of not enough exercise. After adjusting for the traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, researchers found each hour of daily sedentary time was associated with a 10% higher…

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Any Movement is Good for You

Driving, desk jobs and TV has made us a nation of sitters. We've known that's unhealthy, but new research is showing that six hours of continuous sitting affects fitness levels negatively about the same as 1 hour of exercise affects them positively. However, if you move regularly throughout the day, even just shifting in your…

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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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Sitting is a Death Trap

We have previously reported on the growing evidence that sitting for prolonged periods is a risk factor for serious health problems independent of physical activity. Have a look at the following infographic from IDEA. If you need more convincing on this topic, check out the references at the bottom of the page.  PositiveTip: Print this infographic…

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Sitting Could Shorten Your Life Expectancy

By analyzing data from the NHANES researchers have found that by limiting time watching television (any screen time?) to less than 2 hours per day added 1.38 years of life. Cutting total daily sitting time to less than 3 hours increased life expectancy by 2 full years. This analysis is based on 166,738 survey respondents followed…

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Briefly Interrupting Prolonged Sitting Beneficial

Do you sit most of the day? A small, randomized crossover study has found that sendentary, non-diabetic, overweight volunteers significantly improved serum glucose and insulin responses to meals when they interrupted their sitting every 20 minutes with 2 minutes of light or moderate walking activity. More research is needed to determine the long-term benefits of brief…

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Make Time + Break Time = Cancer Prevention

Are you glued to your computer all day long? If you are, you are probably not doing yourself or your employer a favor! Extended periods of sitting are harmful to your health. Recent research clearly indicates that all causes of mortality can be increased by too much sitting! The American Institute of Cancer Research is…

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