Over the last several years numerous articles about “The Sitting Too Much”, and sitting for prolonged hours are again coming to light. Research on the physiologic health risks are piling up. The research is pointing to a strong association between sitting and chronic disease.
“Inactivity physiology — the study of what the body does when it’s doing nothing — is a relatively new field. Richard Rosenkranz, assistant professor in Kansas State University’s department of human nutrition, calls it “unexplored terrain that’s being carved out in a hurry.”
One of those studies on humans was conducted by Hidde Van Der Ploeg, senior research fellow at the University of Sydney’s Sydney School of Public Health.
His team looked at data collected from 200,000 Australians. It found that adults who sat for 11 hours per day or longer had a 40 percent increased risk of dying over the next three years — compared to people who sat for fewer than four hours a day.
“We think that prolonged sitting is bad for your cardiovascular and metabolic health,” Van Der Ploeg said. “It seems to be bad for your ACL cholesterol, your triglyceride levels and insulin sensitivity.”