Aussie Research Reinforces Sitting/Chronic Health Link:
(Source: Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity)
The longer you spend sitting down, the greater your chances of developing chronic illness, a recent Australian and American study has found.
Excessive time spent in a seated position has been linked to various negative health factors for several years now, so this study’s findings reinforce the link.
The researchers, who studied data pertaining to 63,000 men between the ages of 45 and 65 from New South Wales, said that the findings could be of concern to those whose professions require long periods of sitting, from office workers to truck drivers.
Richard Rosenkranz, assistant professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University said; ‘We know… that more physically active people do better with regard to chronic disease compared with less physically active people, but we should also be looking at reducing sitting. A lot of office jobs that require long periods of sitting may be hazardous to your health because of inactivity and the low levels of energy expenditure’ he explained.
The men in the study who sat for shorter periods of time (four hours or less daily), were found to be less likely to have cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease, than those who were seated for longer periods. Those who sat for at least six hours displayed a significantly greater risk of diabetes: in fact, the longer people sat, the higher their risk of disease.
Rosenkranz said ‘We saw a steady stair-step increase in risk of chronic diseases the more participants sat. The group sitting more than eight hours clearly had the highest risk. It’s not just that people aren’t getting enough physical activity, but it’s that they’re also sitting too much. And on top of that, the more you sit, the less time you have for physical activity.’
Just to add: STAND and DELIVER
My personal study has found that people who are able to stand for periods of time at a computer rather than sit have better posture, decreased lumbar spine issues, decreased kyphosis or lordosis. Check if your work place has facilities to raise and lower your desk if not contact your HR representative to help set up procedures to install a raised desk for computer based work. If not attend a Pilates class at least twice a week to help posture, breathing and core strength. Jill Healy-Quintard (Body and Balance) www.bodyandbalance.com.au