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Stand Up! Extensive Sitting Linked to Disease, Mortality

admin - September 24, 2010

Two new studies show that the more time you spend sitting, the more likely you are to have serious disease and die early. Read this article on by Brie Zeltner.

Sounds like a no-brainer, but here’s the rub – this is true even if you are a regular exerciser.


Yes, regardless of how much you spend working out, you are at risk. Regardless of the miles logged, the minutes toiled, the weights lifted, if you sit the rest of the day, you are on the losing side (and not in the good way).

The studies, completed in Canada and in the United States, both found the same thing. Physically active people who spend a lot of time sitting are at-risk for premature death. There is just something about all that sitting.

These studies strike fear in my heart. I am physically active. I swam 40 minutes yesterday. But I sit a lot. My job calls for me to be at the computer or on the phone all the time, so sitting is just part of the game.

I asked Dr. Manganaro, Chief Medical Officer, for some advice.

He said,

Just get up out of your chair at your office and walk more. Small things add up, such as:

  • Walk 10 minutes before you eat lunch, then walk 10 minutes after.
  • Park farther from your office building and walk to the building and then take the stairs.
  • Walk to see your colleague. Don’t just email.
  • Stand when you are on the phone.
  • Wear a pedometer and try to get to 10,000 steps a day.

I remember when I moved from my old office to a home office that I lost weight without trying. I realized then that the major difference is that I simply walked more. I walked out to get the paper. I ran up and down my stairs. I walked across the street to see a neighbor. My regular baseline exercise was increased, even without a minute more spent in the gym. So my personal experience tells me that this research is right. Let’s stand up, America. Get walking!


4 Comments so far
  1. Daneen - September 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I’m a runner — about 10-12 miles a week. I’ve been reading a lot about sitting disease and it’s great to see the message about standing more getting out there!

    I use a sit-stand workstation and am standing 5 hours out of my work day. It makes a difference on productivity and my energy levels.

    Here’s a website I’ve come across to get more information about it.

    Thanks for standing up!!

  2. Joelle Reizes - October 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for the information Daneen! I will check it out. Went swimming again last night. Trying to get up to walk around the office more frequently. Good luck to everyone out there who is trying to just Stand UP a little more.

  3. Brigita Jameson - October 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    How about lyiong down? Does thios apply to sitting only?

  4. Jane Payfer - October 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Hey Joelle – –
    I hope you’ll join The Uprising at Standing is perhaps the easiest thing almost all of us can do to improve our own health and wellbeing. We’ll send out some “cling” stickers, to help you remember to Just Stand during the day.

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