Doctor: Going To Gym Daily Won’t Erase Potentially Deadly Effects Of Sitting All Day


sitting-deskThe average worker spends over five hours and 40 minutes sitting at their job every day and a new study says it’s bad for your health, with some claiming the long-term effects of sitting can be as bad as smoking.

Dr. Michael Jensen, from the Mayo Clinic, joined KDKA Radio’s Larry Richert and John Shumway to talk about a study he and his colleagues conducted.

To find out whether the test subjects in the study were sitting or not, Dr. Jensen says one of his colleagues, Dr. James Levine, invented under garments that can “tell whether you’re sitting, standing, or lying down essentially every half second of the day.”

With the data they gathered and studied, they came to the conclusion that people need to move around more. Dr. Jensen says they found, “that people who are overweight tend to spend a lot more time sitting then people who have not gained weight.”

Dr. Jensen says that a trip to the gym for 30 minutes or an hour may not be enough to combat all the time spent sitting.

“It’s not going to prevent risk for disease and weight gain if that’s all you do is go to the gym for 30 minutes or an hour and spend all of the rest of your day sitting.”

According to Dr. Jensen, “sitting is independently associated with greater risk of dying of heart disease [and] diabetes, even when you try to account for exercise.”

What is the solution to this? Dr. Jensen and his colleagues say that standing at work at least part of the time has positive health benefits.

The doctor admits, “that there certainly are people that have trouble with their legs, and it’s not going to be practical for them to be standing up a lot.” But he adds, “thankfully, most people can spend more time standing and not suffer from it.”

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  1. I don’t mind the doctors telling me to get some fresh air. But I will set my table in my values in my own disciplined way. I need no time stomping the pavement when I can be praising Hashem in a higher place in my soul. No thanks.

  2. I ran into a guy who told me this early last year. Since then, I stand at least half the time (walking around at times), and sit only half the time. I also augmented my 20 minute lunch workout with a 10 pound dumbbell at my desk and ‘toss’ it around much of the day – and my lunches are light.

    Over the last year I’ve lost about 20 pounds without changing my diet – just because of that.

    Another thing that is helpful is to stretch a few times a day while standing.

    Useful information that I wish I’d had years ago.

  3. Take the stairs instead of the elevator (as long as it isn’t to the 25th floor!)

    Park your car a couple of blocks away from work, or get off the train one stop earlier.

    Take a walk with your souse on Shabbos afternoon instead of vegging out in the recliner (good for your marriage, too).

    Look around your life – there are lots of little opportunities for exercise.


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