Poor sitting at work can kill you

Sitting at your desk all day IS killing you!


You know it, and we’ve talked about sitting at work before but now there’s a study that proves sitting all day is doing you no favours.

The pretty legendary ‘American Journal of Epidemiology’ published a study in 2010 which correlated sitting at work and sitting at home with an individual’s physical health.  The study was massive, it had 53,440 men and 69,776 women enrolled.  They were all questioned about the time spent sitting at work (and home) and their physical activity.Poor posture after work

At the start of the study the subjects were all disease free.  However, and it’s a big however, the authors identified 11,307 deaths in men and 7,923 deaths in women during the 14-year follow-up period.  The key thing was:

  • Women who reported sitting for more than six hours during their leisure time versus less than three hours every day had an approximately 40% higher all-cause death rate.
  • Men 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.

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