As it stands (pun intended), sitting is now no worse than standing still according to this new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
The report first spotted by Washington Post indicates that researchers tracked 16 years worth of health data from more than 5,000 participants and found that the mortality risk wasn’t influenced by how long they sat or by the kind of sitting.
The same researchers also cautioned policy makers on recommending reductions in sitting times as a standalone public health intervention. The problem seems to lie with the lack of movement rather than the duration of sitting according to the study author.
“Any stationary posture where energy expenditure is low may be detrimental to health, be it sitting or standing.” – Melvyn Hillsdon of the University of Exeter
Forget about buying or building your next standing desk, movement is indeed life.