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A part of me is profoundly sedentary. That part of me wants to sit in an easy chair with a book or laptop. Coffee pot, mini-refrigerator, phone, radio, liquor cabinet and other conveniences within reach, so that I only have to get up for biobreaks. I give in to this evil part of me less and less now. I know that it would kill me.

Sitting is Killing You
From: http://www.medicalbillingandcoding.org

Now, most of the data about the ill effects of sitting is correlational, i.e. lots of sitting is correlated with medical problems. That does not necessarily mean that the more you sit, the worse health you have.

Some people respond to the above information by getting a standing desk. If that works for you, fine. But is this a case of more not necessarily being more? We now know that just because getting some aerobic exercise is good for your heart and lungs, it does not follow that you should run five miles per day. Just because lifting some weights has many health benefits, it does not follow that you should spend an hour a day in the gym pumping iron.

Research shows that just getting up frequently to stand, walk around, lift something, stretching, etc. significantly reduces the negative effects of sitting.

Update 9/26/2011: Researchers say getting up and moving every 20 minutes is better than standing. Yeah, right. I make a point of getting up once an hour but I’m not getting up every 20 minutes. Pfft!

My work involves 99% computer time. I have no interest in a standing desk. At my age (68) and given my training, there is no standing job that would keep me much above the poverty level. By doing web design, I can make a very good hourly rate and still have some time to enjoy my semi-retirement.

That’s enough for now. I have to get up and move around.

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