Sitting has been getting a bad rep recently. Last year, we reported on a study that found that sitting for long periods of time can be just as bad for your health as smoking.  

New research published this week says that sitting for more than 3 hours a day can cut a person’s life expectancy by 2 years. Unfortunately, that life expectancy cut holds true even if an individual is physically active and does not smoke. 

The study examined five studies of nearly 167,000 people. The researchers also found that watching television for more than 2 hours a day will cut life expectancy by another 1.4 years. Read more here.  

Research showing that sedentary behavior is linked to a variety of illnesses continues to grow, but it can be tough for people who have desk jobs to get enough time on their feet. Some experts suggest standing while on the telephone and walking to a coworker’s office to talk to them instead of e-mailing. 

Occupational therapy practitioners can help create ergonomic strategies to keep individuals healthy at their place of employment. Read more here.  

For the occupational therapy practitioner readers, do you have any tips for individuals with desk jobs? Share them in the comments.

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