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Too Hot to Work Out? Hotter Climates Increase Risk of Sedentary Behavior (Science World Report)

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health, people who live in hotter, more humid climates are more prone to obesity. Researchers from the study found that warmer temperatures promote an increase in sedentary behaviors that promote weight gain. Full Article: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/15745/20140630/too-hot-to-work-out-hotter-climates-increase-risk-of-sedentary-behavior.htm

Five Health Benefits of Standing Desks (Smithsonian Magazine)

This excellent writeup goes into detail on the benefits of an active lifestyle as it relates to the dangers of being sedentary, citing research from the Mayo Clinic, among others. Great detail is shed on how/why being non-sedentary reduces the risk of several key areas: obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and long-term mortality risk. Full article: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-health-benefits-standing-desks-180950259/?no-ist

Too much sitting may increase cancer risk (PLOS)

This article discusses findings from various studies that suggest increased mortality rates associated with sedentary behavior. Citing an Australian study, each hour of television watched daily is associated with an 11% increase in the risk of all-cause mortality regardless of age, sex, waist size and physical activity level. Read the full article here: http://blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/2014/06/19/too-much-sitting-increases-cancer-risk/

FIX Founder Mike Tinney Discusses Wellness and Gamification on Naked HR Radio

FIX founder Mike Tinney was recently interviewed on Naked HR Radio to discuss corporate wellness and gamification trends. Listen to the interview below and visit Naked HR for more shows. http://nakedhrradio.com/

The risks to your health of a sedentary lifestyle (The Citizen)

A good editorial by a practicing anesthesiologist and leader of the Coronary Health Improvement Project that discusses a doctor’s view of the mounting volume of research that shows that sitting all day is huge risk factor for developing chronic diseases and disability. Dr. Innis cites a study that shows that if you’re over 60, every additional hour you spend sitting is associated with a twofold increase in the risk of being disabled, regardless of how much moderate exercise you get. […]

New Study Sees a Link Between Sedentary Behavior and Higher Cancer Risk (Boston.com)

This video discusses a recent study by the National Cancer Institute that combined the research from 43 studies on sedentary behavior, totaling over 4 million participants and 68,000 cancer patients. The results found that those who spent the most time watching TV or sitting at their desks at work saw their risk of colon cancer, lung cancer and endometrial cancer go up by as much as 8% for each additional 2 hours per day spent sitting. View the video here: […]

Don’t let sitting all day kill you — 5 easy ways to keep moving at your desk (Today)

A nice article that not only reinforces the basics of the effects of sedentary behavior on the human body: raising the risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease, with increased risk with each two hour period of sitting time, and single sessions of exercise not being enough to counteract the negative effects of being sedentary for long stretches. The article further goes on to suggest ways to get active throughout the day. Perhaps someone should suggest UtiliFIT to them! Full […]

You sitting down? Experts say it’ll kill you (NBC News)

More coverage on the dangers of sedentary behavior, even to people who exercise regularly. While the benefits of regular prolonged exercise are still very much valid, that form of exercise doesn’t prevent the changes in blood chemistry and other reactions of the body to prolonged inactivity. The article quotes Tim Armstrong, a physical activity expert at the World Health Organization, who said that people who exercise every day but still spend a lot of time sitting might get more benefit […]

Night owls may be more sedentary, less motivated to exercise (EurekAlert!)

Science News site EurekAlert! outlines a study that suggests that people with later sleep times tend to be more sedentary, and feel that they have a harder time maintaining an exercise schedule. Sleep timing, according to the study, was determined to be a significant predictor of sedentary minutes, even after age and sleep duration were controlled for. Full Article: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/aaos-nom060314.php

Keep Standing: Why Sitting Down on the Job Increases Risk of Health Issues (Science World Report)

This article relates the findings of various studies on sedentary behavior by the National Institute of Health, The American Osteopathic Association and others. Findings show that the average American adult spends approximately 7.7 hours per day engaged in sedentary behavior, with about 70% of office workers sitting at their desks for over 5 hours per day. The article further goes on to suggest standing desks as a step in the right direction to a non-sedentary workforce, but high cost (the […]