I included this since anesthesia providers are sitting most of their day.
A large analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine supports earlier observations that the health hazards of sedentary behavior aren’t completely neutralized by exercise.
Researchers examined data from 47 studies that assessed the health effects of sedentary behavior adjusted for physical activity. Sedentary behavior was defined as “waking behaviors characterized by little physical movement and low-energy expenditure,” including watching television and sitting.
Increased sedentary time was associated with significant, independent increases in risk for all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality, as well as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes incidence. Increased exercise blunted — but did not completely eliminate — the excess risks associated with sedentary behavior.
“The implications of these findings are far-reaching,” write editorialists, noting that “society is engineered, physically and socially, to be sitting-centric.” Study author David Alter adds that “exercising one hour per day should not give us the… peace of mind to remain seated for the remaining 23.” James Brown, a much earlier expert in the field, offered this succinct advice: “Get Up Offa That Thing.”
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