Stand Up, Look Sharp

We’ve got some big news and you might want to sit down. Actually, on second thought, you should probably stand up…

New research from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City suggests that many of the harms of prolonged sitting can be alleviated by just a two minute walk every hour or so. While much has been made recently of the sedentary American work life, prevailing wisdom has urged more extreme changes to lifestyle (such as walking or even treadmill desks) which are often untenable in certain work environments.

However, this new study, recently mentioned in the New York Times, found that “if [participants] replaced as little as two minutes of sitting each hour with gentle walking, they lowered their risk of premature death by about 33 percent, compared with people who sat almost nonstop.”

As we all know, most work days include a moment or two which could be aided by a head-clearing walk around the office. Now, thankfully, we can take that stroll and know we’re doing much more than just blowing off steam. 

Hal Ebbott