Sitting for most of the day leads to an earlier death

Sitting for most of the day leads to an earlier death

It makes plain sense really doesn't it?  We are just not built for sitting at all.  The best feeling in the world is when you have been on your feet for so long you just cannot wait to sit down!  There are so many studies now showing clearly that sitting all day leads to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancers, muscle and bone problems, lower back pain and low energy levels.  Your disease rates are far higher if you sit for breakfast, then sit on the way to work, then sit all day at work, then sit while you are on your way home and then sit and watch TV before going to bed.  The advice I always give is that if you sit for an hour then you must walk for 5 minutes.  Even better, at work take a walk around the office, go out of the building and around the building before going back inside for a glass of pure water and then returning to your seat.  Your brain will be sharper and your creative mind will kick in.  You may solve problems that have been bugging you for days.  Walking downloads the brain computer and improves our thinking.  If you walk for 5 minutes every hour then you will get a 40 minute walk in at work every day!  And get paid for it!  And do a better, slicker, faster more productive job for your employer!    

The most recent study was of more than 220,000 NSW residents and it found the longer you spend sitting down the greater your risk of dying early.  This was regardless of other exercise through the day.  Professor Dunstan commented "when we sit down there is an absence of muscle contractions, these contractions are required for the body to clear blood glucose and blood fats from the blood stream".  When you sit your body slows down one of the key enzymes needed to break down blood fats.  We have known this information for a while but we have also never sat so much of the time before - every day - for years.  I stand when I work/write/do emails each day and the feeling of "aaah" when i sit is blissful.  It is the polar opposite of when you have to stand up because your back is aching from sitting down for so long!  See if you can take on board a few simple things each day to move your body every hour.  

Study by Dr Hidde Van Der Ploeg, and colleagues from Sydney University, as published in the Archives of Internal Medicine 2012.  The researchers found adults who sat for more than 11 hours a day had a 40% increased risk of dying within three years, compared with those who sat for fewer than four hours a day.  As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald on March 28, 2012.

Posted: Monday 2 April 2012