A recent study of over 200,000 Australians suggests that you might want to stand up if you happen to be sitting down right now. This study*, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that prolonged sitting is a health risk independent of physical activity, and adds to the growing body of evidence that people who sit the most die the soonest – and, worse, you may not be able to exercise this effect away.
I don’t know about you, but I thought that last finding was disturbing.
In fact, Aussie researchers reported that not even getting regular physical exercise can outweigh the higher mortality risks associated with sitting more than 11 hours a day. Healthy or sick, active or inactive, the more people sat, the more likely they were to die sooner than non-sedentary people. Continue reading “Are you reading this sitting down? Don’t!”