Can Sitting be Bad For You?


Although this section of the blog is technically about exercise I figured information about lack of exercise would fit in here nicely.

It seems there is no getting around it. It is vitally important to keep moving our bodies. Because not using our bodies leads to a whole host of problems.

I talk a lot about the quality of life as being more important the the actual quantity. I constantly hear men say they would rather eat what they want and exercise or not if it only meant losing a few years on the quantity side.

Now whether that is fair to their spouse or children is another story. But losing years is not the main issue. It is losing quality. Nobody wants to be in pain. Nobody want to lose a limb or their eyesight from diabetes. And nobody wants to be ravaged by chemo and radiation.

So what do we hear from the world of research on how the lack of movement effects us?

Here is a study that just came out and reported by an Australian website.

Office workers, truck drivers and couch potatoes beware: a University of Western Sydney study has found that that men who spend more than four hours of each day sitting down are more likely to experience chronic conditions such as diabetes, CAD and high blood pressure.

“The rates of chronic diseases reported by the participants exponentially increased in proportion with the amount of time the participants spent sitting down,” says Ms George. Read More

Here is info reported from Nov 2012 in the Huffinton Post

Scientists analyzed the results of 18 studies with a total of 794,577 participants and found a big difference in health outcomes between the most and least sedentary.

Professor Stuart Biddle spelled out his advice after research showed that lounging in a chair for too long can double the risk of diabetes, heart attacks and death. Read More

And just to make sure you do not think these two studies were done in isolation, here are two more that show that long periods of inactivity are dangerous.

Both of these were referenced in an article in the Huffinton Post.

Researchers examined the time they spent sitting and physical activity relative to mortality, between 1993 and 2006. Their findings: greater time spent sitting was associated with a significantly higher risk of mortality.

Similarly, in 2009 following more than 17,000 Canadians ages 18 to 90, researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center found that time spent sitting was associated with increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality, independent of physical activity levels. Those who sat the most were roughly 50 percent more likely to die during the follow-up period than individuals who sat the least, even after controlling for age, smoking, and physical activity levels. Read More

Here are two more articles that you will find interesting.

So what does all this mean?

In general it means that as a society our lives have changed in dramatic ways. In the not so distant past most of our fathers and grandfathers either worked in agriculture or worked in a factory.

Now the number of office type jobs have taken over the work force. And we have to make concerted efforts to adjust to this reality so that we do not become victims and pay with our health.

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Stay Healthy,
Arnold Brod, Publisher

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