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Australian Study Reveals Fatal Risk of Prolonged Sitting

Posted: June 3, 2012 at 10:00 am
Categories: Research

Forbes is the latest to review data from an Australian study on prolonged sitting, which finds that sedentary work is associated with higher risk of mortality from all causes and specifically cardiac and metabolic disease.

The Forbes article summarizes the study’s conclusions:

“The take home [sic] points from this study:

1. Reduced sitting at work would benefit overweight or obese people the most because they already have a higher baseline risk for mortality.

2. People would likely benefit from spending more time standing at work.

3. Using a stability ball as opposed to a chair may be beneficial to engage core muscles if you must sit at work.

4. If you do spend a fair amount of time sitting at work, take frequent breaks to stand. Added tone from standing will allow your muscles to expend energy.”

Read the article.

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