Sitting for long periods of time is essentially you sitting on a ticking time bomb! There was a great article in the LA Times this week by Melissa Healy about a topic we have covered in the past. The difference with this article is that it is based on a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine Journal this month.
This study was a review of 47 different studies on the phenomenon of being sedentary at work and the development of health problems. They concluded that even for those people who are physically fit and have activity during the workday have an increased likelihood of early death.
According to the LA Times article, “The likelihood of dying from cardiovascular disease rises less dramatically (about 18%) with long hours of sitting, as did the risk of cancers (between 13% and 16%). Studies observed higher rates of breast, colon, colorectal, endometrial and endothelial ovarian cancer among those who logged long hours in a chair.”
The question on everyone’s mind is “what do I do?” The answer is easy with technology. Although we aren’t saying that you have to get a treadmill desk or a standing desk (we have both of them at our company) you can also do something very easy to prevent debilitating conditions. Set your smartphone to buzz or chime every 30 minutes and then get up, walk around, go up and down a set of stair, go to the snack machine (just kidding), etc. but get some type of physical activity on a regular basis throughout the day.
Not only will a short burst of activity help prevent health issues but there are also studies showing that moving regularly increases productivity so you should be able to get more done even when you take a quick break to move around. Apparently life is supposed to be lived in motion of some kind on a regular basis. Who knew?
The conclusion of the study was “Prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity.” http://bit.ly/1CB28je The great news is that you can do something about it very easily without interrupting your work life and you might just help not only your health but also your work.