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A study of more than 220,000 people aged 45 or more has come to a startling conclusion: sitting down all day is killing you. The 45 and Up study compared mortality rates among those who sit for many hours a day and those who spend less time perched on their posterior. The study used “... questionnaire data from 222 497 …

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Anonymous Coward

You can see the truth of this in old peoples' homes

all day sitting down, 100% mortality rate

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Re: You can see the truth of this in old peoples' homes

Being alive also has 100% mortality rate - funny that

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Happy

Re: You can see the truth of this in old peoples' homes

Unless, by some chance you are immortal, then at some point in your life you will shuffle off this mortal coil we call life.

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Re: You can see the truth of this in old peoples' homes

You have to be immortal and invunerable not to die, not just immortal. cf Highlander.

cue Queen

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Re: You can see the truth of this in old peoples' homes

"You're numbers" certainly is not correct!

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Re: You can see the truth of this in old peoples' homes

""You're numbers" certainly is not correct!"

Wait, what?! The Matrix *isn't* true?...

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Paris Hilton

The Truth About Exercise

Something similar was said on Horizon a few weeks back, I now stand up on all public transport (well, I wait for a nice lady to need a chivalrous gentlemen to offer her his seat)

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Happy

Re: The Truth About Exercise

I agree, if anyone hasn't seen this, I think it may be still available on iPlayer, but well worth a look, going to start my 3 mins exercise a week.

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Holmes

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Another chivalrous gentlemen, amazing,,,

Now, how many times have you been slapped for offering your seat? or looked at funny for holding the door for a stranger?

I always stand on short bus journeys, and always on the tube!

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Unhappy

Re: The Truth About Exercise

I knew I was getting old when, after one particularly knackering day at work, a young woman offered me *her* seat.

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@a cynic writes

The last time I was offered a yound ladies "seat" I had to marry her.

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Re: The Truth About Exercise

"I'd rather see a pregnant woman standing on the bus than a fat girl sitting down crying." - Jimmy Carr

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Re: The Truth About Exercise

> Now, how many times have you been slapped for offering your seat?

Never.

> or looked at funny for holding the door for a stranger?

Never.

Most people I meet IRL recognise good manners, even if they don't possess them...

Vic.

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Only place I've ever had good manners get me looked at funny was Boston, and anyone who's ever been to Boston knows that place is fucked anyway.

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Happy

Re: The Truth About Exercise

I always stand on public transport, I can't be arsed to fight over a bloody seat, life is too short for all that and getting shorter by the sounds of it!

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Sorry but I believe in equality.

Chivalry is a name women use to get you to do things for them.

I'd give anyone my seat if I can see they have a need greater than me.

But not just because they have a vagina.

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Me too Neil. You are mannerly. I have given up my place to older men, or those with obvious heavy burdens - they always demur at first yet when I insist they are grateful for the rest.

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BOFH fodder!

"What's that? The server is down?

I don't care mate. Mandatory health time for making coffee is NOW. Deal with it.

What's that? Wait, I will transfer you to my union rep... that's better. Bye now."

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@Destroy All Monsters -- Re: BOFH fodder! Another Guilt-Ridden edict, the latest in a long line.

This Guilt-Ridden edict is the latest in a long line that goes back to at least the pilgrim fathers or the beginnings of protestantism, and it seems we can most likely blame it on Donald Rumsfeld. Not content with just warmongering--which you'd reckon ought to be enough for anyone--he's now convinced do-gooders we need to stand at our desks:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_desk

What comes next? Will those who get back pain whilst standing then sue their employers for injury?

Employers ought to opt for the sitting option. Productivity would not only be higher but also there'd be less lawsuits if employees actually drop dead whilst at their desks.

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I walk 2 miles a day (to and from work) and try to stand up and walk every 30 mins. I'm not entirely sure that will help counter my sitting job and going home and sitting in frony of the PS3 but I do make an attempt at improving my health.

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How long before the lawsuits start?

"My client passed away at 55. Being in IT they were required to sit long hours in front of a screen attempting to meet impossible deadlines. The stress of this, and the threats of outsourcing hanging over their head, brought on heart arrhythmia; the only late-night food the company would order was pizza or curry, leading to my client's obesity; and it was the blood clot from sitting for 12 hours straight they finally killed them, robbing their children of a loving parent. We are seeking £10 million in lost pay, compensation for stress/suffering and expenses."

What about a tax break for companies that hire trainers/subsidise gyms or something? Or organise pre-work callisthenics? Although given the condition of some of my colleagues, seeing them mince around in gym-shorts is likely to induce nausea.

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Re: How long before the lawsuits start?

Gyms should invest in secure cycle parking facilities for their members. The idea is that members cycle to the gym in the morning, shower there and then walk (the presumably short-ish) distance to the office. Gyms get more money plus opportunity to sell on personal training etc. and we get chance to get fit cycling to work without the joys of finding no wheels/saddle/bike when it comes to going home again.

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Dismissed.

Being in IT, they were neither attractive enough to have children, nor did they have the time.

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Sitting down all day is killing you

One more reason to not get out of bed then.

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Re: Sitting down all day is killing you

And I thought this was just a gimmick

http://www.madrid-guide-spain.com/laydown-restaurant.html

It's obviously a new type of health club

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More Tea!

I learned many years ago that I fare better if I get up every half an hour or so. It gives me chance to relax my eyes and stretch muscles. Given the amount of tea I drink, there are other effects that pretty much force me to get up at regular intervals anyway.

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I used to get up every half an hour or so, when I was a teenager. These days I really need Viagra.

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CT

I was going to comment...

...but I've drunk so much tea I need to visit the euphemism.

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'I need to visit the euphemism'

I'm half-inching that one for my own lexicon, if you don't mind. Nicely done.

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Pint

Does going to the pub for a quick pint count?

Sounds plausible, especially if we include earlier reports that beer is good for you.

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Pint

Re: Does going to the pub for a quick pint count?

No, but it sounds like a good idea. It's a half hour walk so by the time I've found my boots and locked the dogs in the shed, this is the time to set out.

Thank you.

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Pint

Re: Does going to the pub for a quick pint count?

Ah, I like where you're going with this one.

If we then claim that having a pint or two may counter the effects of sitting down, we come to the startling conclusion that we should be drinking at work.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Does going to the pub for a quick pint count?

Even better, if I stand next to the bar all day drinking I'll live forever right? Sold!

/sarcasm

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Pint

Re: Does going to the pub for a quick pint count?

Thank you Michael.

I had a pint of Ufford Ales 'White hart' and very nice it was too:

http://www.whitehartufford.co.uk/ufford-ales

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No shit.

This is news? Seriously?

The mind boggles.

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Sitting down is for a reason

* We only sit down all day because it is easier than typing when lying down.......

* Coffee/tea mugs remain upright for longer on a desk..

* The boss doesn't feel comfortable in delegating to someone wearing nothing but underwear.

* Clients generally dont accept invitations in bedrooms.

There is a also a statistic somewhere that proves that the more we breath the closer we are to death......

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Paris Hilton

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"Clients generally dont accept invitations in bedrooms."

I think that depends on what industry you're servicing.

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Paris Hilton

* Clients generally dont accept invitations in bedrooms.

You need better clients.

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Re: * Clients generally dont accept invitations in bedrooms.

> You need better clients.

Or a better bedroom

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Sitting down is for a reason

"Clients generally dont accept invitations in bedrooms"

On v.rare occasions it does help seal the deal though.

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Re: Sitting down is for a reason

Pretty much all my business is done in my bedroom.

(Yay home office!)

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standing

I too saw that program and did an exercise, I did 12 minutes, that will do me for a month.

I did read about a year ago, possibly on Wired about people reorganising their office to stand at their PC so clearly there are a lot of studies going on

Before IT I worked in a factory for 16 years standing up and was reasonably fit. Came into IT and for the last 11 years have sat most of it. These days I can be on my chair from 8:30am until 11:30pm. During this time I hardly walk at all now im unfit as hell.

Guess we have to start moving more during the day.

I'll get my spandex

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Re: standing

Get outside for at least 10minutes, no matter what the weather, it'll do you the world of good and help refresh your brain a little as well.

Even if I'm not in the mood for a cig, I'll take a quick lap around the building grounds (note: does depend on the size of the building).

It doesn't sound like much but keeps me sane.

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I spend my lunch hour walking and during the summer walk for an hour in the evening as well. It helps relax me and clear my mind. Also good for weight control.

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@AndrueC

I take a walk at lunch time and also in the morning.

If I leave home ten minutes later than usual I end up sat in traffic for half an hour on top of the 20 minute journey time so I set off early get a clear stress free drive and have a good walk before starting.

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I'm pretty sure...

I'm pretty sure H&S guidelines require you to take time away from your desk.

They certainly require at least 5 minutes away from your screen every hour.

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Re: I'm pretty sure...

I just did a mandatory computer based "training module" suggesting that sort of thing. I got up and wandered off while the thing was still talking about it.

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Re: I'm pretty sure...

I'm not sure about whether a guideline can require you to do anything, but H&S law in the UK means that employers have to tolerate staff taking the occasional break away from their desk and if you work in the sort of place where that's even remotely controversial then you owe it to your fellow slaves to make a point of taking the break so that everyone is equally lazy as far as management is concerned.

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