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433K People Die Every Year Because They Sat for Too Long

And anything more than 3 hours is considered too long

(Newser) - You might want to sit down for this. On second thought, keep standing. A study published last month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that sitting for more than three hours per day is responsible for 3.8%—or approximately 433,000—of all deaths worldwide every year.... More »

Even Some Activity Keeps Death at Bay for Couch Potatoes

And one hour wipes out death risk from 8 hours of sitting, scientists say

(Newser) - If you think squeezing an hour of exercise in per day can't come close to making up for the other 23 hours when you're relatively sedentary—and so you don't bother at all—rethink that strategy. A study by Cambridge University and the Norwegian School of Sports... More »

Watching TV Can Kill You 8 Different Ways

Researchers find link between prolonged viewing and leading causes of death

(Newser) - Need a reason to watch less TV? Here are eight: cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, Parkinson's, liver disease, and suicide. Scientists are telling people to get off the couch after a study found a link between TV binge-watching and those leading causes of death. Researchers... More »

Is Crossing Your Legs Actually Bad for You?

Probably not, as long as you don't sit in the same position until your legs are numb

(Newser) - If you sit with your legs crossed on a regular basis, it might be time to stop feeling so guilty about it. While there are a few specific exceptions, crossing one's legs at the knee or the ankle doesn't appear to be as bad for our health as... More »

It's Not the Sitting That's Killing You

It's the lack of movement, so physical activity can help: study

(Newser) - The UK's National Health Service says desk jockeys should get up and move every 30 minutes to avoid an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and premature death attributed to too much sitting. A new study , however, suggests that may not be necessary. Why? The risk of early death... More »

Try This Sit-Stand Formula for Every 30 Minutes at Work

Is this the secret for keeping your desk job from killing you?

(Newser) - By now, it's been thoroughly reported that sitting too much at work can kill you, increasing your risk of everything from cancer to diabetes. But standing too much isn't any better, potentially leading to varicose veins, back problems, and more. Now, one ergonomics professor says he's figured... More »

That Annoying Fidgeting Could Be Good for You

Research shows fidgeting could offset negative effects of hours of sitting

(Newser) - Do you have a bad case of jimmy legs? Are you John Bonham with a pencil and a desktop? Do coworkers lack appreciation for your seated dancing? Just tell them you're doing it for your health. A new study out of the United Kingdom published today found fidgeting may... More »

Too Much Sitting Can Kill You in a New Way

Sitting is 'slowly but surely killing us,' says an expert

(Newser) - Too much sitting is already linked to a higher risk of anxiety disorder and certain types of cancer . Now you can throw liver disease into the mix, too. A new study out of South Korea finds those who spend at least 10 hours a day on their behinds have a... More »

Standing at Work Could Be Bad for You, Too

Study looks at long-term muscle fatigue

(Newser) - Study after study has told us how bad it is to spend our workdays sitting. New research indicates standing may be problematic, too. A press release on the study, published in Human Factors last month, notes that almost half the planet's workers have jobs that require them to... More »

Risk of Anxiety Higher When You Do Too Much of This

Sitting's bad rap continues

(Newser) - If you sit too much throughout the day—behind the wheel, at your desk, or on the couch—you may be increasing your risk of developing an anxiety disorder. So report researchers in Australia this month in the journal BMC Public Health after they reviewed nine studies on the issue... More »

Stand Up, Desk Jockeys —for at Least 2 Hours a Day

Guidelines say to eventually bump that to 4 hours to combat sedentary sitting

(Newser) - Office lackeys may spend up to 75% of their workday sitting, which can lead to serious health consequences . That's why an international panel now recommends office workers stand at least two hours a day, eventually bumping that to four hours, per a press release . The new guidelines, published in... More »

Health Damage From Sitting Can Be Walked Back

Short breaks to walk can improve blood flow

(Newser) - Scientists have long warned that spending too much time sitting can put you in an early grave through heart disease , obesity , cancer , or other health problems—but a new study says at least some of the damage can be reversed by simply getting up and walking every so often. Researchers... More »

Binge-Watching TV Could Lead to Early Death: Study

Sitting in front of the tube for hours really not good for you: researchers

(Newser) - So, if you didn't already know—sitting around for hours at a time to binge-watch season two of Orange Is the New Black isn't exactly good for your health. A new study shows couch potatoes could be increasing their risk for an early death, and there are two... More »

Bad News, Desk Jockeys: Sitting Now Linked to Cancer

Sedentary people more prone to colon, endometrial cancers

(Newser) - Another day, yet another way that sitting at your desk is killing you : This time a new study has linked sitting around with certain types of cancer, reports LiveScience . Specifically, for every two-hour increment spent at the desk or on the couch, people saw an 8% greater risk of colon... More »

Sitting Is 'Fatal'? Show Me the Proof

Peter Katzmarzyk's 'sedentary lifestyle' study didn't prove the point

(Newser) - So you've read that a sedentary lifestyle may be more dangerous than smoking ? Hope you didn't buy a new stand-up desk, because the research in question failed to prove a link between inactivity and early death, writes The Numbers Guy at the Wall Street Journal : "It... More »

Sitting Is Lethal, But Standing Ain't So Hot, Either

Slate explains the risks of both, offers a compromise

(Newser) - We've just had yet another study —after this one and this one —warn that sitting a lot will send us to an early grave, and Slate explains that there's "a growing body of evidence" to back up the argument. Some of it has to do... More »

Sit 3 Hours a Day, Die 2 Years Earlier

...even if you're healthy otherwise: study

(Newser) - It's a wonder anyone dares sit anymore, considering the avalanche of recent studies that have been telling us that doing so ups our risk of cancer and heart disease , makes us fatter , and turns meetings into awful experiences . And here's a new one to add to the pile:... More »

More 'Sitting Kills' News: It Raises Colon Cancer Risk

Being single doesn't help much, either: Studies

(Newser) - Two unrelated bits of news today on colon cancer:
  • Stand up: In another sitting-is-bad-for-you study, Australian scientists say people who worked 10 years or more in sedentary jobs had twice the risk of colon cancer as those who never had a sit-all-day job, along with a 44% increased risk of
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'Standing Desks' Catch On for Health Benefits

... as studies warn about dangers of sitting for long stretches

(Newser) - A slew of stories warning about the health risks of sitting too much has led to an uptick in interest about desks that allow people to stand, writes Todd Wasserman at Mashable . Exhibit A: Traffic has quadrupled in recent weeks to standupdesks.com . "Right now, such desks are tiny... More »

Sit Less, Live Longer

Even daily exercisers are at risk from prolonged sitting

(Newser) - Plug this in to your fitness calculus: Even gym rats may face an early grave if they spend a good chunk of their leisure time sitting, a new study suggests. Women who spend 6 or more hours a day sitting as they watch TV or surf the web or whatever... More »

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