Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dangers of Sitting; Benefits of Standing

"Sitting for long periods of time — when you don't stand up, don't move at all — tends to cause changes physiologically within your muscles," says Reynolds. "You stop breaking up fat in your bloodstream, you start getting accumulations of fat ... in your liver, your heart and your brain. You get sleepy. You gain weight. You basically are much less healthy than if you're moving."

Reynolds recommends standing for two minutes every 20 minutes while desk-bound — even if you can't move around your office. "That sounds so simple," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "But that actually has profound consequences. If you can stand up every 20 minutes — even if you do nothing else — you change how your body responds physiologically."

Studies have shown that frequent standing breaks significantly decrease your chances of getting diabetes, she says. "If you can also walk around your office, you get even more benefits. You will lose weight, you lessen your chance of heart disease, and you will improve your brain. But if you can do nothing else, stand up!"
- Gretchen Reynolds, Interview with NPR

Edited on 2013-05-02 to remove a link to a related blog post from InsuranceQuotes that discusses the health dangers of inactivity.


Jacqueline Hough said...

I try to do that throughout the day. It is sometimes easy as a reporter to want to stay seated after being out and about. I used it to check in with others in the building. Thanks!

Square Peg Guy said...

It's good that your job is flexible like that. Some workers have to either sit or stand in one spot during their shifts.

Thanks for commenting!