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30 Mar, 2012

New Study Shows Sitting Is Killing, So Try Working While Standing


PHOENIX, March 29, 2012 — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Looking for the motivation to get off of the couch and get moving? A new study just released finds those who spend 11 or more hours a day sitting are 40 percent more likely to die over the next three years regardless of how physically active they are otherwise, researchers say.

These are not startling numbers to Drew de Weerd, President of MultiTable.com, manufacturer of height adjustable tables and desks. “Physical inactivity contributes to so many physical and mental health problems, including cancer, and is responsible for an estimated 200,000 deaths per year.”

The study is published in the March 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. “The study stands out because of its large number of participants and the fact that it was one of the first that was able to look at total sitting time,” says study author Hidde van der Ploeg, a senior researcher at the University of Sydney.

“The evidence on the detrimental health effects of prolonged sitting has been building over the last few years.” Understanding the research is equally as important as learning what we can do to sit less and combat the risks. In order to reduce the associated major health risks, van der Ploeg says, “try ways to break up your sitting and add in more standing or walking where possible.”

Workplaces in Australia are testing sit-stand work stations, generally a well-received initiative, that may be an option for other offices. “It’s hard to stand during the day when work requires you to sit at a desk all day. But businesses and individuals are increasingly choosing to utilize height adjustable tables and desks as a solution in their offices, home offices and home,” said de Weerd. “It is hard not to when we are continually reading current evidence that sitting is killing us.”

Further info: MultiTable.com