March 28, 2012
Sitting Too Long Boosts Death Risks

Suggested change in a Bob Marley song's lyrics: Get up, stand up, stand up for your life.

Standing up more often may reduce your chances of dying within three years, even if you are already physically active, a study of more than 200,000 people published in Archives of Internal Medicine today shows.

The study found that adults who sat 11 or more hours per day had a 40% increased risk of dying in the next three years compared with those who sat for fewer than four hours a day. This was after taking into account their physical activity, weight and health status.

"These results have important public health implications," said study lead author Dr Hidde van der Ploeg, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney's School of Public Health.

I try to get up and take walks every few hours. Lately I've got some hand exercisers that I use while I walk. I also use a much stronger version of such exercisers to work both arms to close one as a way to get upper arm and chest exercise. Portable work-out equipment. Definitely needed for people who spend many hours a day in front of a computer.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2012 March 28 10:29 PM  Aging Exercise Studies

Tim Kay said at March 29, 2012 6:13 AM:

Does the study establish that extended sitting causes the increased risk of death or is correlated with the higher risk? How large an effect was observed? How many sitters died during the study vs. those who sat less? The study results are presented only in relative, not absolute, terms.

PacRim Jim said at March 29, 2012 2:28 PM:

Clots form in stagnant blood.

One way for computer slaves to avoid this is to buy either a treadmill desk, which allows one to stand or walk while using a computer, or a mini cycle exercise bike, which allows one to sit and pedal.
Both are widely available at Amazon and other sites.

mp4 to mp3 converter said at March 30, 2012 7:01 AM:

interesting! Well you know what they say: Motion is Life.
I even started to worry a little -
i sit way more than 4 hours a day

Russ said at March 30, 2012 10:23 AM:

This doesn't bode well for those of us who are disabled. :-(

amen johnson said at March 30, 2012 10:28 AM:

Another reason to get a dog.

harleycowboy said at March 30, 2012 10:31 AM:

An old fellow told me that "You'll rust up faster than you'll wear out."

Beth Donovan said at March 30, 2012 10:37 AM:

perhaps office desks should be adjustable so people can stand whilst working on their computers!

Brian said at March 30, 2012 10:51 AM:

Have lots of children, I have a three year old and a one year old. I never sit down.

Joe Smith said at March 30, 2012 1:15 PM:

100% of everyone born alive dies at some point. Standing, sitting, doing jumping jacks 10 hrs per day, wont save you from death.

BioBob said at March 30, 2012 2:29 PM:

Medical research is almost as full of unreliable crap as Global Warming tripe [pun intended]. Reader beware.

Did you know Global Warming causes smaller brains ?

Smaller brains is probably why one cannot rely on recent medical studies. /sarc

BioBob said at March 30, 2012 2:34 PM:

hey PacRim Jim

Have you seen all my stagnant blood ? I think it was all leaning against buildings and hanging out on park benches. No doubt trying to sell drugs or something until the cops came along and told it to move along.

parl said at March 30, 2012 6:37 PM:

I built an 18-inch wooden platform for my keyboard and mouse three years ago. I put the monitor up on a shelf. Bought an inexpensive pad for underfoot. I've been a desk-stander ever since. It does not interfere with my ability to concentrate at all. It takes a couple of weeks for your legs to get used to it, however.

PacRim Jim said at March 31, 2012 12:43 PM:

Tell your father to buy compression stockings and to walk around the plane at regular intervals.

jorgen said at April 2, 2012 10:38 PM:

I'm with BioBob. This survey can't be based on serious science.

trejedy said at April 20, 2012 10:02 AM:

This article that you clipped is fake science in that it equates sitting with lack of activity. I use a wheelchair, I can not stand or walk, but without question, unless they also work out every day from 1-3 hours and also race marathons, I am in far better shape and far more active than either the researchers or the writers of the article.

Oh, and it's "Get up, stand up, stand up for your RIGHTS", not for your life.

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