New research: Get off your seat!

I’ve been an advocate of standing work stations for many years. Now there’s new research on sitting (too much): Neville Owen, professor of health behaviour at the University of Queensland has researched the effects of sitting 15 ½ hours a day.

“Sitting too much is not the same as lack of exercise. Too much sitting is also associated with a unique sedentary physiology. . . . Cells in the muscles start putting out signals and chemicals into the blood that cascade up though a series of changes to things like unhealthy tryglyceride patterns, too much glucose. It’s a recipe for diabetes [and cardiovascular problems]”.

Globe and Mail, Toronto, 14 July 2009.