Don’t Sit Back and Relax

Monday April 13, 2015

At the 2015 ACSM’s 19th Health and Fitness Summit and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona, March 31st – April 3rd, Dr. James Levine will keynote and share the findings of his research with health and fitness professionals about the dangers associated with “Sitting”. Dr. Levine is co-director of the Mayo Clinic and the Arizona State University Obesity Initiative.  He is also the inventor of the treadmill desk.  In his recent book Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What you can Do About It, Dr. Levine suggests that an individual who exercises on a regular basis is not protected from the hazards of prolonged sitting.  This position was supported by a recent study published in the journal Circulation: Hear Failure.   The researchers found that “men who sit five hours or more a day have a 34% increased risk of heart failure compared to their chair-avoiding counterparts – no matter how much they exercise.” Furthermore, Dr. Levine suggests there are at least 24 different chronic diseases and conditions associated with excess sitting including obesity and type 2 diabetes.  In an interview with Dr. Mercola, Dr. Levine makes a convincing argument on why we should limit the amount of time we spend sitting, recommendations for how long we should sit (no more than 50 minutes out of every hour – Stand UP! for 10 minutes), alternatives to sitting (get a standing desk or treadmill desk, have walk and talk meetings) and how implementing these simple strategies can add years to your life and inches off your waistline.


By Patrick Service, Personal Trainer