Is Sitting the New Smoking?

uplift-treadmill-desk-reviewSome time ago I wrote a blog post which encouraged mixing exercise with work to encourage both health and productivity

Walking Talking and Emailing Around

After that was published I was asked why would a business consultant be concerned with their clients’ health and fitness.

My answer is two-fold

I have a background in working with elite international athletes…so I know a bit about it …. but more importantly unlike the medical profession my clients are of no value to me when they are sick …and can’t pay their bills.

With this in mind a recent headline in the newspaper screamed out at me for attention “Sitting is the New Smoking”.  A lot of common sense and a bit of research had me convinced that whilst the headline was over the top there is a real issue here that we need to deal with.

For more background check out this article from Harvard Business Review, where Nilofer Merchant points out that …

As we work, we sit more than we do anything else. We’re averaging 9.3 hours a day, compared to 7.7 hours of sleeping. Sitting is so prevalent and so pervasive that we don’t even question how much we’re doing it. And, everyone else is doing it also, so it doesn’t even occur to us that it’s not okay. In that way, I’ve come to see that sitting is the smoking of our generation. Continue reading Is Sitting the New Smoking?