Your Desk Job is Killing You

You know what's worse than NOT having a job? Having a desk job.

A new study in Australia has found that sitting down for long periods of time will hasten your death:

The study of more than 200,000 men and women in NSW has found that the longer people sit each day the greater their chances of going to an early grave.

Even when exercise was taken into account, it was often not enough to offset the effects of sitting for several hours.

Those who sat for more than 10 hours a day had a 48 per cent increased risk of death compared to more active people who sat for less than four hours a day.

That's why you should seriously look into standing desks:

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Studies, or at least reports of studies, like this leave so much unstated. Childcare workers, gardeners and builders also probably suffer less stress than the average desk-job worker. (Since stress is often caused by having responsibility but little direct control of something.)
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Who needs to be a vampire? Just stand all the time and you lower your risk of death by 48%! Too bad Ponce de Leon wasn't aware of this.
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Sit to do computer work. Sit using a height-adjustable, downward titling keyboard tray for the best work posture, then every 20 minutes stand for 2 minutes AND MOVE. The absolute time isn’t critical but about every 20-30 minutes take a posture break and move for a couple of minutes. Simply standing is insufficient. Movement is important to get blood circulation through the muscles. Research shows that you don’t need to do vigorous exercise (e.g. jumping jacks) to get the benefits, just walking around is sufficient. So build in a pattern of creating greater movement variety in the workplace (e.g. walk to a printer, water fountain, stand for a meeting, take the stairs, walk around the floor, park a bit further away from the building each day).
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