The latest research indicates that the more hours you spend sitting, the greater the likelihood that you will die of cardiovascular disease, even if you exercise regularly. Women who sat six or more hours per day were 37% more likely to die during the 14 year duration of the study than those women who sat less than three hours per day. Men who sat six or more hours per day were 18% more likely to die than those who sat three hours a day or less.
For those of us with desk jobs, these are scary statistics. If we exercise regularly and even run marathons, it may not be enough to keep the Grim Reaper from our door. Sitting for long periods of time also shortens your hip flexors and weakens your glutes, both of which are essential for fast running.
The best thing you can do is to reduce the number of hours that you sit each day. If you do this, it may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, and it may help your running, too.
Many people are changing their work patterns, so that they use a standing desk, hold short meetings where everyone stands, stand up when taking phone calls, etc. The ideal office set-up is probably the treadmill desk, which is designed so that you can walk slowly while doing your work.
What are you doing to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting? Do you use a standing or treadmill desk? How has it worked for you? Tell me in the comments.