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Stand and Move – Avoid “Sitting Disease”

October 15, 2012

Injury and illness caused by working “al desko” is now ubiquitous. I see people every day in my clinic for computer and work related issues. The problem is simple and so is the solution. We need a culture that embraces sit – stand, vertical workstations and a recognition that humans need to move regularly in order to function effectively.

Below are just a few examples of recent studies on this subject quoted at http://www.juststand.org :

A 2010 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that people who sit for long periods during their leisure time have an increased risk of disease.

An American Cancer Society study of 120,000 adults, published in 2010, suggests that the more people sit, the shorter their average life span. What’s more, the findings were independent of physical activity level such as with people who exercise outside of work.

A 2009 University of Queensland, Australia study found that even when adults meet physical activity guidelines, sitting for prolonged periods can compromise metabolic health.

Let’s all consider how much time we spend sitting every day and make a simple, effective change.

“For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking” – Martha Grogan, cardiologist, Mayo Clinic

Spencer Joseph

http://www.bodytherapeutics.co.uk

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