WARNING! The information I am about to impart may be depressing! But, I promise to give you the up side, to make lemonade from lemons, and bring in a few unanticipated perks as well.
So here goes:
In a recently posted article on www.functionalmovement.com, a highly respected source of human movement research and guidelines, Dr. Lee Burton discussed a couple of research studies about sitting. A worthy topic to be sure, since many of us do this a lot, either because of our jobs, our commute, or our lifestyle choices.
In a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, men who spent more than 23 hours/week (that’s a little less than 3.3 hours/day) watching TV or sitting in their cars after a regular day at work had a 64% greater chance of dying from heart disease than those who sat 11 hours a week or less outside of work.
Perhaps even more stunning is that many of these participants worked out regularly. This means that the effects of hours of sitting were not counteracted by spending some time at lunch or after work at the gym.
OK, so now for some better news. Not great, but better …