I know that some of you on WSO (from reading posts) spend a few hours a week at the gym, but apparently fitting in exercise into your busy professional lifestyle does not negate 80+ hours of sitting while your "arteries cram", according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
A raft of recent medical research has shown that the more time a person spends sitting every day, the more likely he or she is to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and, worst of all, an early death. One recent study, from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., followed 17,000 Canadians over 12 years and found that those who sat for most of the day were 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks than those who didn’t.
Standing desks have been used at Google, Facebook and other tech companies. This article also suggests getting up every hour or so can have much more health benefits than hitting the gym (not that the gym is a bad thing). Companies who make standing desks are booming and even insurance companies are taking "sitting disease" seriously.
I've never really given this much thought, even though it's obvious that sitting all day glued to the computer can't be good for you. I also usually don't obsess over my health, but I would even go as far as comparing long periods of sitting to smoking (now that I've read this article), where you don't see the effects until later when it's too late. Heck, I might even consider buying a standing or treadmill desk.
Any thoughts? Do you take these warnings seriously? Do you get up and walk often? If so, how many times?