As I write this, I am standing up. In fact, I've been answering emails, making phone calls and tapping away at a computer for an hour without sitting. I drank my morning coffee pacing the room.
I own a comfy office chair, but all this standing around - I've been doing it on and off for a week - should do me a power of good. Am I losing my marbles? Not according to the latest research. Sitting is seriously bad for you.
A recent U.S. study found that the more hours you spend sitting, the more your cardiovascular health suffers. Men who sit for 23 hours a week have a 64 per cent greater chance of dying from cardiovascular disease than those who spend only 11 hours sitting. Research published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, found an 11 per cent increased risk of death from all causes for every extra hour of TV viewing (ie sitting down) a day.