Is sitting slowly killing you?

Did you ever get the feeling your desk job was bad for your health? Now you have some scientific research to back it up.

According to a new study, prolonged sitting can increase the risk of serious and chronic illnesses.

The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, recommends standing or light activity for at least two hours during the day – ideally a whopping four hours.

Of course, for those of us who still work behind a desk, this is a tad easier said than done. The researchers acknowledge this, suggesting we start with the simple decision to stand and move more throughout the day. A little movement and variety can go a long, long way.

If you need to sit for extended hours through the day, the study recommends switching periodically to standing-based work, going for regular strolls, and even considering adjustable sit-stand furniture.

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Long periods of standing could be just as harmful. It’s all about regularly shaking things up with variety.

With the number of reported chronic illnesses on the rise, this serves as a welcome reminder that even the most mundane, everyday activities can be revamped for better long-term health.


Do you stand or walk enough? Is it realistic to expect four hours of standing per day?