A new study here shows the effects of sitting for too long, on the health of men.
What I would love to see as a continuation of this study is the stress factor correlation. Sitting in your car driving to work everyday is at some point going to result in encounters with bad drivers and/or ridiculous amounts of traffic. Sitting in your office chair sometimes relates to work piling up, stressful encounters with superiors, or if you’re an employer, stressful encounters with employees. All this stress has countless effects on blood pressure and the heart.
This leads to bad habits such as smoking, alcohol, or therapy sessions in order to deal with the seemingly insurmountable stress you’re living with. So maybe we should be looking at what’s going on while sitting instead of just the action itself, and realise that a bit of extra activity might help us take our minds off these stressful situations in a healthy way.
Happiness is key. If you’re not happy (and you know whether you are or not), it’s time to make a change.