Advantage: footbike

bench picAnother study finds a correlation between sitting and mortality:

Those who spend 11 or more hours a day sitting are 40 percent more likely to die over the next three years regardless of how physically active they are otherwise, researchers say.

Okay, that’s pretty scary but, drilling down, is it as bad as the headline (Too Much Sitting Can Kill You, Study Suggests) implies?

While the study uncovered an association between total sitting hours and death risk, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

The study was limited by the relatively short follow-up period of less than three years, experts said, which may have obscured undiagnosed health problems among participants that could have led to earlier death. Dr. David Friedman, chief of heart failure services at North Shore Plainview Hospital in Plainview, N.Y., said those who sit longer “tend to be sicker, have obesity issues and cardiovascular problems. Perhaps they’re less ambulatory in the first place.”

But whether the risks in sitting down are accurately portrayed, or the merest wisps of fancy, as I’ve said in the past, footbikers have it covered.

Now I have to go lie down.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s