You know it is. And we’ve talked about sitting at work before. However, now there’s a study that proves that sitting all day is doing you no favours.
This study come from the pretty legendary ‘American Journal of Epidemiology’ and was published a study in 2010. It correlated sitting at work and sitting at home with an individual’s physical health. The study was massive with 53,440 men and 69,776 women enrolled in it. They were all questioned about the time spent sitting at work and at home and their physical activity.
At the start of the study the subjects were all disease free. However, and it’s a BIG however, during the 14-year follow-up period the authors identified 11,307 male deaths and 7,923 female deaths.
The key findings were:
- Women who reported sitting for more than six hours during after work versus those who sat for less than three hours were approximately 40% more likely to die rate.
- Men who did the same had an approximately 20% higher death rate.
So, going home and flopping on the sofa is killing you. Good grief!
So, the next question is how can you prevent this.
If you have to work for a living at a job that requires a lot of sitting try this:
- Get a standing desk. Some studies have shown that working from an upright position may be better, metabolically speaking and here is a great example from a company in Bristol, so near by.
- Take frequent breaks. Change your activities, change your position and take short breaks every 20 minutes to rest muscles, allow your ligaments to recover and increase blood circulation.
- Have a walking meeting. If your meeting is with a small group try going for a walk while discussing topics. If you work in 1 Redcliff Street get on those stairs – 14 floors worth of them!
Our blog has loads of stuff on this but my favourite is this one about preventing low-back pain at work.