Planting your behind in a seat for hours at a time has been squarely linked to an increase in health problems, from shorter lifespans to a slew of diseases, including cancer. Concerned office workers have leapt to standing desks as healthier alternatives. But prolonged sitting may be getting a bum rap, a new study suggests.
The moral of the story is still this: go out and get some exercise.
No gym membership needed. Go out and run. Or walk at first if you can’t run. Or try cycling. Or try rowing. Or swimming. Can’t swim? Even better- you’ll go on a great journey just learning how to swim crawl correctly.
What – winters are bad where you live? Cross country skiing. Endurance exercise has the power to change your life.
If there’s anything scientists know about the best type of desk for an office worker’s long-term health, it’s that they don’t really know anything, according to a new analysis of the scientific literature on the matter.
After closely examining 20 of the highest quality studies about workplace interventions to reduce sitting time, which include standing, pedaling, and treadmill desks, researchers concluded that there simply isn’t enough data to say whether any of the alternatives are better that just plopping in front of a standard desk.
You know what happens when you stand up for too long? Varicose veins…
You’d think we’d know by now that “everything in moderation” was some smart advice. We’re designed to work *and* rest. Not one or the other. Obviously, the solution is to design a keyboard that runs around on its own, for which you have to hunt and throw spears at to type.
People who spend most of the day sitting down could undo some of the damage to their health by having a good fidget, say researchers.
The harmful effects of sitting down for too long are well established, with a series of studies now showing that spending hours in a chair each day can take years off a person’s life.
But a new study of more than 12,000 UK women suggests that those who claimed to fidget the most were apparently protected against the ravages of being seated. The women who sat still for hours on end were more likely to have died over the course of the study than those whose limbs tapped, wobbled and gently vibrated.
This is of particular interest to those of us who’ve had a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Pulmonary Embolism (PE), etc… Someone suggested drinking a lot of water – you flush your system, and are forced to get up for a walk to the restroom. Me? I just go for a walk. It’s nice outside …for now. But I’m guilty of not taking breaks when I drive for more than an hour.