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.

Reference

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/28/dangers-prolonged-sitting.aspx

By Patrick Service, Personal Trainer