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Is Sitting the New Smoking? (Telsec)

This article talks about the increased time that people sit in a day… on average that’s 9.3 hours daily, compared to 7.7 hours sleeping, that’s been growing in recent years due to the increase in desk-based jobs. While exercising 20-30 minutes per day is still recommended, the benefits of exercise can be lost with too much sitting. Even just standing and moving throughout the day is enough to increase the health of a person who would otherwise simply sit. Full […]

Morning workout vs breaks from sitting – which is better for blood sugar? (PLOS)

This is study that directly compares the benefits of 30 minutes of morning exercise to the benefits of regular activity breaks in an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. The findings were consistent to other comparable studies, showing that the effects of regular activity breaks are more beneficial to blood glucose and insulin levels than 30 minutes of exercise done all at once. Translation: working out is good for you, but if you sit the rest of the day, you would literally see […]

Patterns of sedentary time and cardiometabolic risk among Canadian adults

This study links sedentary behavioral patterns with cardiometabolic health, with findings that show total sedentary time and time in excess of 20 minutes were associated with higher insulin and lower diastolic blood pressure levels. On the flip side, each additional 10 breaks per day was associated with lower waist size, lower systolic blood pressure, triglycerides, glucose and insulin. Full article at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743514001285

You May Not Smoke, But Studies Show Sitting Can Kill You Too (Charisma News)

This article notes the behavioral/societal changes that have led to a more sedentary population over the past few decades. Things like services to replace work that people used to do themselves (think mowing the lawn, oil changes, etc.) to “drive-thru” options for everything from coffee, to prescriptions, to banking. Even shopping, which used to involve going out, is now done while sitting at a computer. What the overall effect? As Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic has said, “Researchers […]

Don’t just sit there: Sedentary lifestyle can cause range of health issues (Northwest Herald)

This NW Herald article outlines the average worker sits for 9.3 hours per day, while only getting 7.7 hours of sleep. This inactivity, according to the article, contributes to obesity, a major cause of heart disease and failure, as well as a host of orthopedic issues related to posture and the unnatural way most of us sit at our desks. Read the full article here: http://www.nwherald.com/2014/02/28/dont-just-sit-there-sedentary-lifestyle-can-cause-range-of-health-issues/a1y8x5g/

Get a desk that can stand with you (USA Today)

In response to “sitting is the new smoking” and the increased risk in a host of diseases, like diabetes, associated with a sedentary job, USA Today offers standing desk alternatives to the traditional desk/chair combination. We love standing desks as a synergistic add to UtiliFIT’s anti-sedentary behavior gameplay. Full article link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2014/03/30/standing-desk-review-tech-now/7014403/

Sitting at your desk just might be smoking of next generation (Naperville Sun)

This Chicago Sun-Times subsidiary provides a great writeup of the latest research pointing to sedentary behavior as a major threat to our health and well-being. Highlights include a sobering statistic that tobacco-related deaths total some 3.5 million in the U.S. each year. A lot, by anyone’s standards, however obesity-related deaths clock in at more than 35 million each year. The article outlines one study that showed middle aged women who sat for more than 6 hours per day showed a […]

Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation (Harvard Business Review)

This editorial on Harvard Business Review covers the risks associated with prolonged sitting, including how quickly enzyme production ceases in the first hour of sedentary behavior, going on to refer to sitting for 9+ hours per day as a “lethal activity.” Read the full article at: http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/01/sitting-is-the-smoking-of-our-generation/

CVS removes cigarettes from its shelves, find out why the chairs they still carry could be just as deadly.

Most of us now believe that smoking increases our chances of getting cancer. We are taught that if we smoke we increase our risk of contracting this largely incurable disease. But our bosses don’t make us smoke at work. No one in their right mind would tell us we’re fired if we don’t take that cigarette sitting on the table, put it into our mouths and light it up. But could we be doing something just as dangerous by paying […]

The health hazards of sitting (Washington Post)

This article and infographic by the Washington Post outlines the dangers of prolonged sitting, including heart disease, over-productive pancreas, colon cancer, muscle degeneration, decreased brain function, spinal and muscular issues, and others… Further explored are increased mortality rates associated with sedentary lifestyles (upwards of 61% greater risk of dying for those who sit 7+ hours per day) and things that people can do to counteract these dangers, including the hallmark of UtiliFIT– small activity breaks throughout the day. http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/the-health-hazards-of-sitting/750/