Office ergonomics take a stand on the health hazards of sitting

Extended sitting  slows the body’s metabolism of glucose and lowers the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol in the blood.

Health studies have always concluded that people should sit less, and get up and move around more. But the accumulating research on sitting reveals something more intriguing, and disturbing: the health hazards of sitting for long stretches are significant even for people who are quite active when they’re not sitting down. Recently two studies have reiterated that point, published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine and in Diabetologia, a journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

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