Don’t Just Sit There MOUNTING RESEARCH POINTS TO THE HAZARDS OF SITTING by Karen A. Jamrog
f you had to take a guess, how many hours would you say that you spend seated? Thanks to the prevalence of desk jobs and technology, most Americans aren’t moving much. A typical day often consists of a sedentary commute to and from a sedentary job, seated mealtimes, unwinding on the couch while watching TV at the end of the day and bed. All told, some of us spend upwards of 90 percent of our waking hours in a seated
position, says Amy Harrison, MPT, a physical therapist at Southern New Hampshire Rehabilitation Center in Nashua. Have we in effect become sitting ducks? Mounting research indicates that too much seat time can seriously sabotage health — and even ardent gym rats are not off the hook on this one. “Numerous studies have shown that even if you have adequate exercise, leading a seden-
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