Remember taking stretch breaks during Greenbelt? Don’t forget to continue a similar habit of getting up to stretch, stand up and take opportunities to walk or take the stairs.
One recent study, from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., followed 17,000 Canadians over 12 years and found that those who sat for most of the day were 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks than those who didn’t.
The findings have spawned a new diagnosis: “sitting disease.” And strikingly, even regular exercise and a healthy diet don’t protect you—sitting in a chair for eight hours after going to the gym is still sitting.
The good news is many of the problems can be solved, researchers say, simply by getting up: standing and stretching once an hour or walking down the hall to talk to someone rather than sending an e-mail.
The watchword among ergonomists these days is “postural rotation”: sit a little, stand a little, then repeat.
Another reason to keep hansei’s a stand-up activity.
Or perhaps a flash mob :)
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