July 10, 2012
Stand Up To Live Longer

Sitting kills.

Restricting the amount of time spent seated every day to less than 3 hours might boost the life expectancy of US adults by an extra 2 years, indicates an analysis of published research in the online journal BMJ Open.

Only an observational study. But other studies have found the same pattern.

And cutting down TV viewing to less than 2 hours every day might extend life by almost 1.4 years, the findings suggest.

Several previous studies have linked extended periods spent sitting down and/or watching TV to poor health, such as diabetes and death from heart disease/stroke.

I say get rid of the TV. You'll go thru withdrawal, maybe even for months. But once you've kicked the TV addiction it loses its allure.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2012 July 10 11:21 PM  Aging Lifestyle Studies

PacRim Jim said at July 11, 2012 12:24 AM:

Not a single American sits less than 3 hours per day.
However, liberals are doing a fine job of discouraging people from watching TV.

Askin Akhan said at July 11, 2012 12:25 AM:

I think this is a great article. Why? Because the human race is getting lazier and lazier every day. There is nothing worse than a couch potato and if research has shown that we should be cutting down our hours than this is what we should do. Maybe rather than spending 3 hours a day on TV or on the computer we could cut this down to less than 3 hours, extend our life by 2 years and in them 2 years you can watch TV as much as you like. There we go, there's an even better solution.

Askin @ xofthefuture.info

Ann Onymis said at July 11, 2012 1:59 AM:

Who says you have to sit while watching TV or using a computer?
What about commuters riding on trains 90 min one-way? People riding in planes? People forced by corporate policy to sit in cubicles?

If you are lucky enough, you can work at a place where they allow standing desks or are open to ergonomic concerns. Sadly, these employers are only concerned if it leads to more revenue.

john personna said at July 11, 2012 6:38 AM:

I know I lay on my sofa and watch TV too much ... but when I can go off and do a mountain bile loop feeling good, strong, relaxed, I don't know why I should worry.

Correlation with diabetes? At 6 foot and 145 pounds, 120 over 80, does that have any bearing on me?

TheBigHenry said at July 11, 2012 8:18 AM:

What the heck is a "mountain bile loop"?

john personna said at July 11, 2012 8:34 AM:

Heh, for some reason the coffee was slow to take effect this morning. My mountain bike loop is about 9 miles, 1200 feet of climb, and I typically loop it in 1:06.

Fat Man said at July 11, 2012 1:06 PM:

Folks. I hope none of you ever has a spinal problem like the one I have struggled with for the last year. But, in the early stages, and thanks to my PT we are past those stages, I couldn't stand or walk for more than 15 min at a stretch. So here is the story. Sitting does not cause death, being ill causes sitting and death.

Nothing to see here, move along. said at July 12, 2012 5:56 PM:

Living causes death. News at 11.

Sione said at July 22, 2012 5:56 PM:

SS is insolvent already! There is no way the Federal Govt can support you all through your dotage after retirement at 65, let alone surviving for an extra two years at end of life. Expect to see the mean US life expectancy start to decline soon.

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