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Sitting Is Bad for You. So I Stopped. For a Whole Month.
New York Magazine ^ | Jun 9, 2014 | Dan Kois

Posted on 06/10/2014 11:47:48 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Edited on 06/10/2014 12:15:28 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

Are you sitting down?

Nice knowiní ya! If you sit down more than 11 hours a day, one study suggests, youíre 40 percent more likely to die in the next three years than I am. Iím standing up. Iíve been standing up all day. Iíll be standing up all month, in fact, without a break. I expect at the end of that month Iíll be sore but triumphant, glowing with smug enlightenment.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: sitting

1 posted on 06/10/2014 11:47:48 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I wanna build a desk that goes over my bed so i can work while lying down....

Probably cause me an early death though...


2 posted on 06/10/2014 11:55:06 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: nickcarraway
I have a stand-up desk at work and love it. Use the kitchen breakfast bar at home as it is about the right height for a laptop for me. Also have a tall table with bar stools that let my legs dangle instead of being at a 90 degree angle. It all helps. I had no trouble adjusting to a standing desk. Unfortunately I go to enough meetings during the day that I spend about 30% of my day sitting plus driving 2 to 2 1/2 hours a day so it really helps to stand when I can.
3 posted on 06/10/2014 11:56:54 AM PDT by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: GraceG

Paraplegics sit for years and years...Steven Hawkins is still alive


4 posted on 06/10/2014 11:57:20 AM PDT by gwgn02
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To: nickcarraway

Well good for you Danny boy. My guess is you are a good forty years younger than I.
I also imagine you don’t have an hereditary problem called advanced degenerative arthritis in your spine, your hips and your knees.
So I am asking you to set your assumptions aside and understand when I spend ten minutes on my feet working at a task a bit at a time, then sit down for thirty minutes or more. I will have to ask you to understand why I have a handicap placard in both our cars, and use a scooter for shopping trips and outings like festivals.
Because I won’t be joining your experiment.


5 posted on 06/10/2014 11:59:45 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: nickcarraway

“Sitting is the new smoking”.

In the 1970’s the feminists agitated for a different form of potty parity. They pointed out that men stand to urinate while women sit & this of course was just another component of male dominance that had to be destroyed.

Feminists demanded that urinals be removed from mens’ rooms across the nation. Federal legislation was introduced in Congress under the motto “Number one is all right, but don’t stand for it”. The bill’s sponsors, Edward Kennedy & George McGovern, introduced the bill in the Senate but insisted upon sitting down while they did so.

However, Cong. Bella Abzug had already introduced a bill in the House mandating public facilities that allow women to urinate while standing up; as a result the drive for urinary equality was hopelessly deadlocked, & both bills later died in committee.


6 posted on 06/10/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: nickcarraway

The standup desk got popular where I work. Whenever they asked if I wanted one I always gave the same answer: I used to stand for a living, then I went back to college.


7 posted on 06/10/2014 12:07:50 PM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: elcid1970
In the 1970’s the feminists agitated for a different form of potty parity. They pointed out that men stand to urinate while women sit & this of course was just another component of male dominance that had to be destroyed.

Everything old is new again.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2896187/posts

8 posted on 06/10/2014 12:12:00 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: nickcarraway
Hit wall. Completely f**king dead. Wife rubbed my feet tonight. If Sitting Dan got a foot massage from his wife, he’d thank her. Standing Dan is a whiny a**hole. Email to friend: “If a nun gave me a $100 bill I would be like, screw you, my legs hurt.”

This article is navel-gazing on stilts.

9 posted on 06/10/2014 12:13:19 PM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: windcliff

...ping.... You’d better sit down.


10 posted on 06/10/2014 12:13:31 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: nickcarraway

I had desk jobs for 37 years, so I reckon I sat a lot of hours. More than 11 hours every day including time spent watching TV at home. Well...I am in my 70’s now and still alive and kicking. I break 80 all the time on my golf course. I will add that pains in hip joints were beginning when I worked. Now I have more time to exercise and play golf, and all pains have disappeared! The body gives you lot of subtle signs, we has to learn to notice them. All in all, exercise is helping me more than any nutrition regimen or vitamin supplements (which I avoid) could ever would.

I watch salt intake more carefully than my sugar and carbs intake. Too much Salt causes my blood pressure to go higher. That is never good. Sugar I can exercise away. Salt is harder to get rid off.


11 posted on 06/10/2014 12:14:16 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid has killed more good bills passed by House than all my fingers and toes.)
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To: nickcarraway

Just curious. Do you know if anyone has read this entire,excruciatingly boring article???.

.


12 posted on 06/10/2014 12:19:13 PM PDT by Mears
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To: entropy12

If you have a serious vitamin b 12 deficiency you wont avoid it


13 posted on 06/10/2014 12:19:16 PM PDT by BRL
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To: BRL

What symptoms would occur with B-12 deficiency?
I have lots of energy, no aches and no pains.
I can walk 18 holes on a moderately hilly golf course with no problem.

I hardly take any vitamin supplements but eat lot of fruits,
and at least one vegetable every day. Not much red meat either. Only turkey and chicken in my diet.


14 posted on 06/10/2014 12:24:13 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid has killed more good bills passed by House than all my fingers and toes.)
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To: Mears

We’re supposed to read it all before commenting??? It’s a looong article. All right. I’ll read it . . sitting down.


15 posted on 06/10/2014 12:25:00 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Wiser now

we sound like brothers - exact same ailments - standing for extended periods is agony - between sciatica and messed up knees - theres no way - I’d hazard a guess and say if the boss obligated it, theyd be staring a comp claim in the face


16 posted on 06/10/2014 12:25:08 PM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: nickcarraway

I haven’t been able to stand for over 15 years ... Although I probably do sit too long in one position without being moved, lying down for extended periods isn’t the best either – you just distribute the pressure sores a little more. Somehow, I don’t think simply being sedentary is going to be the deciding factor (there’s that little thing called Genetics ;P)


17 posted on 06/10/2014 12:27:20 PM PDT by mikrofon (FR's Fault ;)
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To: BRL

B-12 deficiency symptoms per web-MD:

Weakness, tiredness, or light-headedness
Rapid heartbeat and breathing
Pale skin
Sore tongue
Easy bruising or bleeding, including bleeding gums
Stomach upset and weight loss
Diarrhea or constipation

I have none of these symptoms, so must be getting enough B-12 from my diet.


18 posted on 06/10/2014 12:29:10 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid has killed more good bills passed by House than all my fingers and toes.)
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To: nickcarraway

Leftist fear of death.


19 posted on 06/10/2014 12:31:41 PM PDT by afsnco
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To: Revelation 911

Well, brother and sister anyway. You have my deepest sympathy.
Hip replacement surgery did eliminate that one source of pain, but dang! that was a rough 8 weeks.
I would rather give birth than experience sciatic pain, and I’ve done that four times. Trust me, there isn’t much difference.


20 posted on 06/10/2014 12:33:08 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: nickcarraway

21 posted on 06/10/2014 12:33:32 PM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: BRL

A b12 deficiency that starts to advance will mimick ms


22 posted on 06/10/2014 12:41:07 PM PDT by BRL
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To: entropy12

A b12 deficiency that is advanced will mimick ms


23 posted on 06/10/2014 12:41:52 PM PDT by BRL
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To: Straight Vermonter
I was peeing off of my porch, at my home in Central NH. It was overcast and I was cleaning up after a project.

I drifted off in to reverie wondering what would have if my dear Ex had done, as I did, and waved at the local cop, while doing the deed, as I did.

24 posted on 06/10/2014 12:49:52 PM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: Straight Vermonter
I was peeing off of my porch, at my home in Central NH. It was overcast and I was cleaning up after a project.

I drifted off in to reverie wondering what would have if my dear Ex had done, as I did, and waved at the local cop, while doing the deed, as I did.

25 posted on 06/10/2014 12:50:05 PM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: Wiser now

wishing you the best pain free freeping


26 posted on 06/10/2014 12:50:35 PM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: nickcarraway

I spent 20 years behind a desk working for the National Guard sitting and “babysitting” my email plus doing reports. My weight jumped from 170 to a high of 205. After I retired, I started walking our dog daily and am back at 172.

The new job I started yesterday has me on my feet for the better part of eight hours. My feet hurt a bit yesterday when I got home, but I felt better than any day sitting at my old job.


27 posted on 06/10/2014 1:07:29 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder how he takes an Obama without sitting down.


28 posted on 06/10/2014 1:08:22 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: BRL

Had my first injection of B-12 yesterday morning after a blood test at a local VA Clinic indicated I should have a B-12 injection once a month. I have not noticed any dramatic effects from the B-12. Should there be?


29 posted on 06/10/2014 1:09:53 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Mears

I’ll bet this guy drives a Prius... a certain South Park episode then comes to mind.....


30 posted on 06/10/2014 1:41:05 PM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: discostu

two people have standup desks in their cubicle where I work...they can spy on everyone else.


31 posted on 06/10/2014 1:44:49 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: nickcarraway

If God meant for man to stand up for long, he wouldn’t have given him such a nice butt for sitting long hours...or at least he would have cushioned the bottom of our feet like our derrieres.;-)


32 posted on 06/10/2014 1:50:20 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: nickcarraway

So Secretaries and other office personnel who work overtime have only three years to live? Sounds wrong to me...I know lots who sat 10-12 hours a day in the military, and they are still here...retired.

Don’t believe everything you hear.


33 posted on 06/10/2014 1:51:20 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: BRL

Lots of sources of B-12


Food Micrograms (mcg) per serving Percent DV*
Clams, cooked, 3 ounces 84.1 1,402
Liver, beef, cooked, 3 ounces 70.7 1,178
Breakfast cereals, fortified 100DV of B12, 6.0 100
Trout, rainbow, wild, cooked, 3 ounces 5.4 90
Salmon, sockeye, cooked, 3 ounces 4.8 80
Trout, rainbow, farmed, cooked, 3 ounces 3.5 58
Tuna fish, light, canned in water, 3 ounces 2.5 42
Cheeseburger, double patty and bun, 1 sandwich 2.1 35
Haddock, cooked, 3 ounces 1.8 30
Breakfast cereals, 25% for vitamin B12, 1.5 25
Beef, top sirloin, broiled, 3 ounces 1.4 23
Milk, low-fat, 1 cup 1.2 18
Yogurt, fruit, low-fat, 8 ounces 1.1 18
Cheese, Swiss, 1 ounce 0.9 15
Beef taco, 1 soft taco 0.9 15
Ham, cured, roasted, 3 ounces 0.6 10
Egg, whole, hard boiled, 1 large 0.6 10
Chicken, breast meat, roasted, 3 ounces 0.3 5


34 posted on 06/10/2014 3:03:07 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid has killed more good bills passed by House than all my fingers and toes.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Yes you will notice dramatic effect in wallet reduction.
Why not eat beff or chicken livers sauteed with olive oil and onions? Lot more tasty and supplies 11 times daily requirements.


35 posted on 06/10/2014 3:05:33 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid has killed more good bills passed by House than all my fingers and toes.)
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To: Sidebar Moderator

Can you please can explain how this is related to LAT/WP? I researched it and couldn’t find a connection.


36 posted on 06/10/2014 3:09:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’m on my feet a major portion of the day....Good shoes are a must...

Buy American..Red Wing Shoes...with support inserts

Compared to them, most if not other shoes are crap...

End of the day your feet will not be killing you...


37 posted on 06/10/2014 3:56:51 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: entropy12

b 12 is the most difficult vitamin to absorb. I eat meat like crazy, but apparently I am not absorbing it very well anymore. I went to dr thinking I either had MS or vitamin b 12 deficiency and asked her to start injections regardless of test results. My tests came in lowish (not terribly low) and after a month my balance, and tingling and other symptoms seem to be resolving.


38 posted on 06/10/2014 4:28:58 PM PDT by BRL
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To: BRL

Did you read my post showing B-12 sources?
Meat is NOT your best source. You should not eat too much of it anyway. I would give liver a try. I love sauteed chicken livers. If you season it nicely, it actually tastes great.


39 posted on 06/10/2014 4:44:25 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid has killed more good bills passed by House than all my fingers and toes.)
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