How Sitting Can Kill You


You might want to stand up while you read this.

New studies have shown that sitting too much can seriously endanger your long term health. According to USA Today, a research group in Canada studied 17,000 adults and “found a consistent link between chair time and deaths from heart disease.” Similarly, an Australian report found that the risk of heart disease increases significantly with every additional hour subjects spend watching television.

The reason is simple: humans were designed to be in motion. Instead, we sit for 8-10 hours a day at work, then drive home where we sit some more in front of the television or computer. According to one researcher, every time you sit for a prolonged period of time, “artery-damaging fats get a new chance to build up.”

That said, research is still a long way from being conclusive. As USA Today notes, there is no magic number yet in terms of hours one can spend safely sitting each day. In the future, perhaps employers will force workers to jog for 10 minutes every hour. Here at MainStreet we’re thinking of getting treadmill desks. Until then, however, maybe we should all start taking nice long walks during lunch hour.

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