Sitting is the new smoking

A lot has been written recently about how bad our sedentary lifestyles are for us. 

Hours spent sitting without moving in the office, followed by hours spent sitting without moving in front of the TV when people get home. 

Doctors used to see this as a problem that affected weight and as being a major cause of obesity. Recent research has shown that it is potentially causing far more damage than just adding a few extra kilos. 

According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which looked at more than 4 million individuals and 68,936 cancer cases, sitting for long periods of time increases your risk for colon, endometrial and, possibly, lung cancer. 

Sitting for prolonged periods also increases the risk of heart disease. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that men and women who sat more than six hours a day died earlier than their counterparts who limited sitting time to 3 hours a day or less. 

So finding ways to move during the day is absolutely critical to our health and wellbeing. 

One easy thing to do is to rethink your office environment, particularly your desk and chair. We have recently done this at Centennial and have installed a sit-stand height adjustable desk and enlisted the engineering genius of those Germans in an accompanying chair. 

Some of you have asked where we got it this is the desk we action: