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Rosanne D'Ausilio, Ph.D. Editor and Publisher
Volume XXII, Issue 9

Date: September 1, 2011  - Sitting Too Long?

Recent research found that women who sit for more than six hours a day had a 37% increased risk of premature death, compared to 18% for men.  Those results stayed the same even when the following were taken into account: individual diets, amount of physical activity, and smoking.

This study, lead by Dr. Alpa Patel, senior epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society, is the largest on how sitting affects mortality.  Over 123,000 people participated in the study between 1992 and 2006.

Dr Patel can’t explain and says it’s not clear why sitting may be more hazardous to men’s health.

This article woke me up.  Why?  Because I sit for long hours at my computer, long hours driving my car, and sometimes long hours in front of the TV, and I’m female.  Woops!

What can you do? 

By the way office furniture manufacturers are paying attention to this research.  There are now treadmill desks and chairs are being made out of fitness balls.

By the way, if you add 5 minutes of activity to your day every hour, at the end of a 10-hour workday it’s almost an hour you’ve added.

Some of these suggestions are also ones we've used for stress.  No coincidence, sitting for long periods is stressful.           

We love to hear from you. Please email me rosanne@human-technologies.com  your comments, feedback, questions, your own experiences, or topics you’d like to see covered in future newsletters.
 

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