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    Exclamation Sitting is Killing You - Infographic

    As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, there is one thing nearly all modern Americans have in common: we sit all the time. Though our great shift towards computer-based work has done great things for productivity, it has, unfortunately, done terrible things for our health. Simply put: sitting is killing you. From increased risk of heart disease and obesity in the long term, to sharply hampered cholesterol maintenance in the short term, the negative health effects of sitting are starting to weigh heavily against the benefits. Even the medical field – the greatest advocates of reducing sitting time – is plagued by this new health issue. Though doctors and nurses get plenty of walking time, it usually falls to the secretaries, billers, and coders to do all the sitting. And, as we can see, something has to change.
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    OMG so true... we are not meant to be sitting around all the time! This topic is very near and dear to me and a part of the motivation behind my career change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    OMG so true... we are not meant to be sitting around all the time! This topic is very near and dear to me and a part of the motivation behind my career change.


    Same for me.
    I've heard about this, although its sort of common sensical isnt it?

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    great graphic. I might need to share far and wide. My mother had hip problems and sat, and sat, and sat. Nearly died from blood clots.

    I was in great shape when I was unemployed. Needed to take a job (sigh. sitting) gained weight ugggggh

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    Some of the statistics are questionable.

    Like: 'sitting 6+ hours a day makes you 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits for less than 3.'

    Who sits for 6 hours a day? Lazy office drones, but also old people who are probably going to die in... 15 or so years.

    cause vs. effect.

    otherwise, sure, sounds good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    Some of the statistics are questionable.

    Like: 'sitting 6+ hours a day makes you 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits for less than 3.'

    Who sits for 6 hours a day? Lazy office drones, but also old people who are probably going to die in... 15 or so years.

    cause vs. effect.

    otherwise, sure, sounds good.
    A lot of truck drivers sit eleven hours a day, five days a week. That's the legal maximum, if I remember right, and since most of them get paid by the mile and not by the hour, they try to keep the truck moving as much as legally and physically possible, which requires sitting.
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    This may all be true, but I also have to point out, that petty-labor jobs that make you stand in one place, or worse, lean over a table, for 8 hours wreak havoc on your body, too. Ask anyone who works at a grocery store. Your feet hurt, your back hurts, your body gets stiff, and then you're so tired at the end of the day the last thing you want to think about is exercising. You end up paradoxically tired even though you haven't actually expended that many calories.

    Going into nursing and the physical demand intimidates me a little but I'm thinking I'm going to enjoy it more than being glued to a desk chair, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    A lot of truck drivers sit eleven hours a day, five days a week. That's the legal maximum, if I remember right, and since most of them get paid by the mile and not by the hour, they try to keep the truck moving as much as legally and physically possible, which requires sitting.
    OK, that's fair to point out. Though my characterization about office drones wasn't meant to be exhaustive.

    What I was trying to do was question the basis of the statistics. Does sitting 6+ hours a day make* you (40%) more likely to die in the next 15 or so years? Or do people who happen to be sitting around for 6+ hours a day also happen to be, say, the sick and elderly - who are likely to die in the next 15 or so years anyway? That is, 40% of the people who sit for 6 hours a day are people who are going to die in 15 years, and sitting didn't make them die. I don't know how they arrived at their conclusions, but I express a good deal of skepticism.

    For instance, take truck drivers, who you point out may max out their sitting to 11 hours a day to get miles in.

    I doubt that 40% of them, who start driving at say age 25, die by age 40. Maybe I'm wrong, but I imagine it's not even 15%. Do they have unique health issues? Sure. But are they dead? Nah. My impression is that they're fudging the interpretation of the numbers to make it look like a bigger, scarier problem.

    I'll jive with the concept that sitting around all the time isn't great for you and poses real issues, but I question how they phrase, interpret, and use some of their statistics, especially because they seem rather sensationalist.


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