Thursday, January 21, 2010

Warning: Sitting Can Kill You


You think I'm kidding about this, dont you? Well I'm not (hehe). There was a study just published this week which says exactly this. I got the story from the Associated Press in their article entitied, "Experts: Sitting Too Much Could Be Deadly."
Research is preliminary, but several studies suggest people who spend most of their days sitting are more likely to be fat, have a heart attack or even die. In an editorial published this week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Elin Ekblom-Bak of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences suggested that authorities rethink how they define physical activity to highlight the dangers of sitting.
"After four hours of sitting, the body starts to send harmful signals," Ekblom-Bak said. She explained that genes regulating the amount of glucose and fat in the body start to shut down. Even for people who exercise, spending long stretches of time sitting at a desk is still harmful.
So, right after reading this blog post (and telling your friends about it - hehe), get up people and move around. Exercise those muscles! Maybe that great REM song (see below) was right - "Stand in the place where you live...."


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Lets all get up and dance. :)

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Getting up and moving around on breaks could help with that. Or at least I should hope so. Otherwise there are going to be a lot of office workers suddenly in danger of dropping like flies.

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OHN said...

I'm doomed. :)

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