"It's getting worse and all the jobs are turning into more sedentary jobs even jobs that used to be more active." Dr. Ildiko Lingvay an assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center hit the nail right on the head. Let's face it... extended sitting is today's "inconvenient truth."
The33TV.com published an article yesterday about a link between extended sitting and type 2 diabetes. According to the University of Leicester (United Kingdom) the average time spent at a desk is around six hours each day and it's especially bad for women. The studies showed women having higher levels of insulin compared to men sitting for the same amount of time.
Dr. Lingvay suggested a few preventative tips which were:
- Walking during breaks
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Standing up when sending/receiving calls.
Clearly we're interested in this new research because we have products that eliminate the problem. We all know it's easier to sit rather than stand in an office but the evidence keeps mounting up that in an increasingly sedentary work environment for people it's just not good for you. Perhaps it's time to raise your standard.