The death chamber you call a “chair”

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120947563 94bed0bba3 The death chamber you call a chair

Die like an executive, comfortable and wide-assed. (img by Timothy Smith)

It’s not as simple as just getting up and moving for 30 minutes each day. If you really want to die as little as possible, you’re going to have to seriously retool your activity levels.

Here’s why, via the New York Times:

A growing body of science suggests that prolonged inactivity, a practice known more familiarly as sitting a lot, is both widespread and unhealthy. In a representative study published last month in The Archives of Internal Medicine, Australian researchers compared medical records and lifestyle questionnaires for more than 220,0000 Australian adults 45 and older.

They found that the more hours the men and women sat every day, the greater their chance of dying prematurely. Those people who sat more than eight hours a day — which other studies have found is about the amount that a typical American sits — had a 15 percent greater risk of dying during the study’s three-year follow-up period than people who sat for fewer than four hours a day.

That increased risk held true in the Australian study even if the people sitting eight hours a day spent at least part of that day exercising.

So get a desk you can stand at, substitute movement breaks for cigarette breaks (seriously… go move around for 15 minutes every 2 hours). Breach a van, climb a building, play woodsball on break. You’ll live longer and probably have more fun.

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