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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Sitting more than three hours a day cuts life expectancy by two years

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Sitting for hours decreases life expectancy by two years.

Even if a person is physically active and refrains from dangerous habits like smoking, sitting down for more than three hours a day can shave a person’s life expectancy by two years, according to a study to be published on Tuesday in the online journal BMJ Open.

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Why sitting for just a couple hours is bad for your health

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Prolonged sitting is bad for your health.

A fascinating study was published by SBRN member David Dunstan and colleagues in Australia, which examined the acute (e.g. short-term) impact of uninterrupted sitting on metabolic health.  In this new study, individuals with overweight or obesity were asked to perform 3 separate conditions in random order. (Videos)

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GoFidget Xerciser – fitness device easy to use while sitting

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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2011

No time to exercise?  Long hours at the computer?  Tired?  No energy?     No problem! 

Introducing the GoFidget Xerciser™, your fitness solution to sit-down days.  The GoFidget Xerciser™ is an omni-directional fitness device that is easy to use while sitting and working at a computer.  With its 360 degrees of movement and non-impact design, the GoFidget Xerciser™ is a whole new way to strengthen muscles from feet to knees, up to thighs and hips!   GoFidget™ at home or in the office.  It is convenient, effective and surprisingly fun!

 

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Holes on the Floor? They’re Chairs!

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The new shape of sitting spaces?

Old and busted: sitting on the floor
The new hotness: sitting on a hole in the floor!

The OOoo chair is the brainchild of the design firm Decker Yeadon. It’s basically a set of holes in the floor where you can slip your legs into and, well, sit down:

You can easily make your own OOoo Chair if you have a wooden floor and a basement….


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