This article we wrote a while back says more that 6 hours at a desk could kill you.
These new studies, what do they say?
Four hours. It's being called the "sitting disease."
"Researchers have linked sitting for prolonged periods with a number of health problems and premature death from cardiovascular disease. In one study, adults who spent more than four hours a day sitting in front of the television had an 80 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease compared with adults who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV. This risk was independent of other risk factors such as smoking or diet."
So what's the solution, doc?
"Rather, the solution seems to be less sitting and more moving. Simply by standing, you burn three times as many calories as you do sitting. Muscle contractions, including the ones required for standing, seem to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars. When you sit down, muscle contractions cease and these processes stall."
In essence, people should have standing desks — or at least combination desks that are sitting AND standing where you choose.
That's the good news of this bad news, it's easily solved!
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