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Hidden dangers of our chairs
Our obsession with sitting down is in danger of spiralling out of control according to the British Chiropractic Association (BCA). 32% of the population spends over 10 hours seated per day, whilst 16% choose to sit for over 12 hours a day.
As a reminder of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) has today been highlighted as a consequential risk from spending too much time seated - but the BCA warns the problems do not stop there.
Consumer research carried out by the BCA highlights:
· Men are potentially more at risk than women from the effects of sedentary lifestyles as they are more inactive: 34% of men spend 10 hours or more a day seated
· 17% of men spend over 12 hours or three quarters of their waking
day sitting down
· 18 to 29 year olds are more inactive than the older generation, 38% of respondents in this age range spend 10 hours or more seated, compared to just 25% of the over 50s
· Nearly 50% of those who sit down all day at work refuse to leave their desks; even for lunch
· 34% of the population, on average, stays at home every single night. When indoors, 62% spend the majority of these evenings on their behinds and a further 9% sit down for the entire evening
· 17% of us never exercise and a further 12% exercise less than once a month.
Tim Hutchful from the British Chiropractic Association warns: “Spending so long seated puts us at risk from back and joint pain, but furthermore, consistent inactivity may leave us more susceptible to other health problems.
“As a nation we clearly like to sit down and whilst resting is good for our bodies there is almost twice as much pressure on your back when you are sitting incorrectly than there is if you stand up. Our research shows how sedentary our lifestyles have become. Lack of exercise is our worst enemy and we should not sit for prolonged periods of time.“
Denise Armstrong, Heart Research UK's Lifestyle Officer adds: “This comes as no surprise, as an estimated 2.6 million people are living with heart disease in the UK and inactivity is a major contributory factor, along with unhealthy diets and smoking. Keeping active is good for your heart and can help to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular conditions such as DVT and we recommend 30 minutes of moderate activity a day.”
The BCA advises that as a nation we need to increase our activity levels, Tim Hutchful continues: “Whatever you are doing, take regular breaks. Never sit in the same position for more than 40 minutes and less if possible.
When you do take a break, walk around and stretch a little. Simple changes like these can make a real difference.”
: 09/05/2006 11:22:33
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