Sitting the new Smoking

Last Update: October 23, 2014

As this no doubt relates to all of us who are "chained to the PC" I want to share the following info I picked up at a recent Cardiac Congress.

Prof Vickie Lambert from the sports medicine unit in Cape town, presented a talk titled - "Sitting the new Smoking"

In this talk she cited findings from new research which shows that sitting for long periods can cause an 'insulin resistant metabolic syndrome' regarding glucose uptake, This can be more harmful than other risk factors, such as smoking, diabetes and obesity.

It has now been found that those who sit for more than 11 hours per day, have a significant increase in risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer, and those who sit for more than 3 hours per day can expect a 1.8-2.5 reduction in lifespan, even WITH regular exercise!

Attempts to address this have been undertaken in Australia and include:
Reducing TV viewing to under 2 hours per day.
Removing paper bins from office worker's desks and having a 'central rubbish bin point,' forcing the worker to get up from time to time.
Stools have also been removed from recreational areas so the workers must now stand at coffee breaks.

She suggests that the 'sitter' get up and walk for 3 minutes every 30 minutes, 6 minutes every hour and for 12 minutes for every 2 hours. There are apps that help with this such as 'B-Mobile.' (I've been using my 'Tomighty' app with the Promodoro technique, to try to keep me productive, but now have another use for it!:)

Have a good day everyone and "Happy Standing!"

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kholmes Premium
Guess I am good, my physical problems help me to keep getting up and down quite often. Interesting post, thank you for sharing. :))
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mrpeter Premium
If I go out of my front door and walk around the block it takes me up a steepish hill, across the top and back down. It only takes about 5 minutes but I bet doing that every hour would be fantastic. I will try.
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WillingToTry Premium
Don't just "try" Peter, make it part of your lifestyle....you dont have to do that every hour...a few times a day is sufficient.....believe me ...it works!
~Arthur
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davyrobot Premium
Hi Shawn! -

How are you - my friend!

May I just take a few momments of your time - to share something - I believe - with ever ounce - of my being!

Only you are responsible for your SUCCESS or failure - HAPPINESS or sadness stress or VITALITY - scarcity or ABUNDANCE - APPRECIATION or depression -- You choose what you experience -- And you choose by what you give attention to - what you think about- what you talk about and what you do or don't do about it.

** Have a Great Productive Day - Shawn! **

David

And remember Rome wasn't built in a day...but they were laying bricks everyday!
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skc Premium
So true...but we constantly need be reminded that "Happiness is a choice." We so easily slip in the other, (wrong), direction. (As I heard in a talk once. "We are velcro for the bad and linoleum for the good")
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davyrobot Premium
I am pleased to report - I live by the statement - that I just sent you!

I don't watch TV - at all any more - haven't done for quite a while.

So no news - I even avoid weather reports - because they aren't worth anything.
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skc Premium
Must say I find it difficult to avoid "bad news." My work alone does not allow this. What I have managed to do however, through mind training etc, is to be able to face but reduce the negative effect, of those 'gloomy bits' that will appear in life sooner or later. All a matter of strategy I guess. .
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CarlaIves Premium
Thanks for this information, Shawn! I knew sitting for long periods isn't good for you. I have some medical problems that make this REALLY not good for me, but I get stuck. I'm going to set a timer and force myself to get up and move. Plus, hubs and I just joined a gym so will be getting out and working it out at least every other day. I'm going to try for that 6 minutes an hour thing. I know it will help. I keep track of my blood sugar, too, as my sister turned into a bad diabetic. Want to make sure I don't go that way so I'll see if this movement reflects in my blood sugar reading. Thanks again!
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skc Premium
In the same talk she recommended in 18-64yr group, a minimum of - 160min mild activity per week, and 75 minutes vigorous activity plus muscle strengthening exercises.
BTW: They also found the 3/30min & 6/60min more efficient then the 12/120min.. Maybe do all three! Good Luck.
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CarlaIves Premium
Thanks! What happens after 64? You just forget about it? LOL
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skc Premium
Not sure after 64 but I'll find out pretty soon!
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Ken-Pringle Premium
God, I hope not Carla. That is so close for me, ;-)
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CarlaIves Premium
I hear you!
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mrpeter Premium
Oh dear something else to worry about! Seriously though, thank you very much for this. It's something many of us kind of know but put to the back of our minds, until we get a wake up slap. Thank you for that slap!
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