The Boston Globe released an article today focusing on the “anti-sitting” movement and featured a photo of Dr. Sherry Pagoto of the University of Massachusetts walking while working on her TrekDesk Treadmill Desk:
The Boston Globe interviewed TrekDesk for the article due to their efforts in promoting a Movement Revolution in the United States alerting Americans to the dangers of sitting and included the following excerpt from TrekDesk user Dr. Sherry Pagoto (featured in the photo above):
Sherry Pagoto, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester, has read so many studies on risks of being sedentary that she’s started to feel guilty when she allows herself to sit. “I’ve started to feel like I’m doing something unhealthy,” she said.
Pagoto exercises regularly, but with studies showing that gym time cannot undo hours of sitting, she said she’s starting to question “how healthy I really am.”
Toward that end, she and like-minded colleagues have begun tweeting hourly to encourage each other to rise and do a plank or some other form of quick exercise. Sometimes unsuspecting people come into her office and find her in the core-strengthening move. “They either do it with me,” she said, “or they think I’m out of my mind.”
The central message of the Globe article focuses on the variety of ways individuals are now staying off the couch at home and out of their chairs at the office. Simple decisions have been shown to have a dramatic impact on lifespan and health:
In October, the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that every hour a person sits watching TV takes 22 minutes off his or her life. “TV viewing time may be associated with a loss of life that is comparable to other major chronic disease risk factors such as physical inactivity and obesity,” the researchers reported.
For many Americans that translates into a loss of more than 3 hours of their lifespan every single day. Do the math and that translates to a loss of 45 days of lifespan every year. You can learn more about the Movement Revolution, how to combat sitting and recent scientific studies on TrekDesk’s Facebook page.