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Sitting and Health

What's Better: Exercising More Or Sitting Less?

Mike Sheridan | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Mike Sheridan

There's no doubt we can all make an effort to increase our standing or walking outside of the hours we're expected to sit.

Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation

Nilofer Merchant | Posted 01.18.2013 | Small Business
Nilofer Merchant

As we work, we sit more than we do anything else. Excessive sitting, defined as nine hours a day, has been called a lethal activity. So four years ago I switched one meeting from a coffee meeting to a walking-meeting, and I've noticed some unanticipated side benefits.

Stand for Something: The Perils of Sitting and What You Can Do

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 12.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

In a previous post, I discussed the negative effects of prolonged sitting and the inability of exercise to undo the damage. A new study now quantifies the association between sedentary behavior and diabetes.

Sit Less, Stand More: Your Health Depends On It

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Where do you fall on the sitting spectrum? This study classified low levels of sitting time as under three hours a day, moderate levels of sitting time as three to eight hours, and high levels of sitting as more than eight hours of sitting each day.

Are You Sitting Down? That Inactivity May Impair Your Health

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.30.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

A growing body of scientific study, "inactivity research," shows that prolonged sitting can lead to serious health problems, regardless of whether you exercise and are at fighting weight.

Sitting Ducks

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 06.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The "progress" afforded by the Industrial Revolution has provided a natural experiment demonstrating the catastrophic effects of sedentary life. If one considers our genetic wiring, perfected over hundreds of thousands of generations, this all makes perfect sense.

Don't Just Sit There -- Take a Stand!

Estelle Underwood | Posted 04.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Estelle Underwood

We've all heard too many times that a sedentary lifestyle is hazardous to our health. Many of us who take the risks of this type of lifestyle seriously have incorporated a weekly, if not daily, exercise routine into our busy schedules. So we've got it covered, right? Wrong.

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.14.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

AARP reports that there is "mounting evidence" that sitting increases our risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes and early death "even for people who exercise daily."