Sitting Kills; This Chair Might Save Us
For most of human history, we had to earn our keep physically: lifting, moving, hunting, planting, harvesting, even working the blue collar factory jobs that built modern society. More than 100 million Americans now work white collar jobs where, as I’m doing at the moment, the only physical exertion is pressing down on a keypad while sitting, an unnatural position for a human in full command of her or his faculties. We first reported on how sitting too long can lead to premature death in 2012 but the news has only gotten worse since. Recent studies have discovered that people who sit too much every day risk an increase in diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, specifically being diagnosed with, or dying of, breast, colon, colorectal, endometrial and ovarian cancers. This writer herniated two discs from sitting and working for too long, necessitating daily physical therapy to combat back pain and sciatica.
“We spend a lot more time sitting behind computers than we used to. Movement is being engineered out of our lives, and the best advice is that we need to sit less and move more,” said Deborah Rohm Young, Ph.D., chair of the panel that wrote a new advisory published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation in August 2016. Unfortunately, prolonged sedentary activity cannot be simply offset by getting in exercise. For most of us the best solution is to get up frequently, stretching, even walking to break up sitting. But what if you have to get a lot of desk work done?
Enter Altwork Stations. After more than five years of engineering and a $3-million-dollar investment, these customizable workstations are available to allow heavy computer users to vary their work positions from standing to full reclining. They aren’t cheap, but starting at $4,900 each, these work stations are less expensive than back surgery. They began shipping in September:
Walking Emerges as a More Powerful Fix for a Host of Issues
We have long sung the praises of walking, not just on these pages, but in the anti aging documentary, "Reverse Aging Now." Now scientists of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, have released findings that walking for just 2.5 hours a week — only 21 minutes a day — can cut a person's risk of heart disease by 30 percent compared to those who don't exercise. This simple, do anywhere activity also reduces the risk of diabetes and cancer, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and keep people mentally sharp. In a study of 12,000 people Harvard researchers looked at 32 obesity-promoting genes and learned that the study participants who walked quickly for about an hour a day, the effects of those fat genes were cut in half.
At the University of Exeter a pair of studies found that a 15-minute walk can curb cravings for chocolate and sweet snacks. Any physical activity diminishes the risk of breast cancer, however an American Cancer Society study that examined walking found that women who walked seven or more hours a week had a 14 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those who walked three hours or fewer per week. Walking reduces joint pain by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support them. Walking five to six miles a week can even prevent arthritis from forming to begin with. Finally, it boosts the immune system. A study of over 1,000 men and women learned that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43 percent fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less. .
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