A study published last year in the Journal of the American Heart Association linked TV watching with death. Same goes for playing video games. Morbid, I know. But it's not the watching or gaming that's killing us – it's the sitting.
“The researchers discovered that the more time a person sits, per day, was associated with an increased the risk of dying from all causes, as well as the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. The really key finding in all this? Sitting was an independent risk factor separate from how active the study subjects were. No matter whether you jog, work out or get in a daily swim — if you spend large swathes of the day sitting, you’re elevating your risk of death, especially from cardiovascular disease.”
I have to admit that every time I would read a suggestion that we park furthest from the door in order to get more exercise, I would sort of roll my eyes. Is this the best we can do? Nevertheless it really is simple, good advice.
Stand up and MOVE.
It's funny how many cars circle the gym parking lot for the closest spot to the door. Although I know that finding that perfect spot may have more to do with the hustle or some sort of intrinsic reward. Am I right or do we really not want to walk even that little bit? But sitting for extended periods of time is not just bad for our health, it also contributes to low back and neck pain. Instead of investing in ergonomic chairs maybe organizations should invest in a initiatives that encourage their employees to get up and move often throughout the day.