I can no longer keep track of the number of times I’ve written about the dangers of prolonged sitting on this blog, so I’m not even going to try. Still, I couldn’t not share the latest research, which found that no one’s immune—not even daily gym-goers—from the ill side effects associated with sitting for long periods of time, day in and day out.
The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, looked at 4,560 Americans and analyzed their risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Researchers were meticulous about including an even number of men and women in the subject pool, and ensuring variety in their ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic status.
Listen to this, via Runner’s World:
After controlling for sex, race, economic status, activity level, and other factors, they found that prolonged sitting increased a person’s risk for diabetes and heart disease. The increased risk was present in subjects reporting as little as four hours of sitting per day.
The findings not only add to the growing evidence that prolong sitting is an independent risk factor for health problem, but that nothing protects you from it—not even running—except standing up.
Gaaaaah! None of us are safe!
Please, someone, for the love of God get me a standing desk ASAP.