Health trends come and go. Often those trends are buoyed by errant studies that claim x, y, z will happen if you don’t stop or start doing something immediately. Over the past few years there have been studies which suggested prolonged spells of sitting increased one’s risk of heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks. Thus, the standing and treadmill desk movements were born. Millionaires were made. Capitalism worked.
JAMA Cardiology took a step back and decided to correlate and analyze the 33 studies that attempted to link the above maladies and sedentary work days. What they found was that there’s no link to a certain level of activity. Dr. Ambarish Pandey, the study’s lead author, said,”our findings suggest that sedentary time is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, independent of other potential risk factors such as body mass index and physical activity, only at very high levels.” The study noted an increase of 14 percent for cardiovascular ailments only after 12 or more consecutive hours of sedentary situations. That is, sitting for 12 straight hours is not really good for anyone. That seems reasonable. Getting up every few hours to walk around has been shown to be enough to break the effects.