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Are you sitting down? It's slowly killing you. Regular workouts don't decrease death risk.
MSNBC ^ | July 23, 2010 | Live Science staff

Posted on 07/23/2010 10:25:43 PM PDT by SmartInsight

Hitting the gym every day might do little to decrease your risk of death if you spend the rest of your time sitting down, a new study suggests.

The results show the time people spend on their derrieres is associated with an increased risk of mortality, regardless of their physical activity level.

Women who reported more than six hours per day of sitting (outside of work) were 37 percent more likely to die during the time period studied than those who sat fewer than three hours a day. Men who sat more than six hours a day (also outside of work) were 18 percent more likely to die than those who sat fewer than three hours per day. The association remained virtually unchanged after adjusting for physical activity level.

Associations were stronger for cardiovascular disease mortality than for cancer mortality.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: exercise; health
Is the message that you need to spend all your time "outside work" running, or that if you can't do that, don't bother getting regular exercise, because it won't make any difference?

Also -- this comparison "ouside work", not taking into account work, is ridiculous -- some people have office jobs, where they sit all day, other people do physical work all day.

I personally think this is a flawed study and the results are meaningless.

1 posted on 07/23/2010 10:25:45 PM PDT by SmartInsight
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To: SmartInsight

Another article:

Idling Toward Death: Sitting Linked to Dying Early

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/sitting-linked-early-death/story?id=11234721

“The findings were independent of physical activity levels, body mass index, smoking and several other factors contributing to mortality risk. “


2 posted on 07/23/2010 10:28:38 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight

I guess I could build a standing desk, but then I’d probably die of sore feet.

Oh well, everyone has to die of something, eventually...


3 posted on 07/23/2010 10:29:20 PM PDT by Ronin
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To: SmartInsight

I don’t exercise for longevity. I exercise in order to be strong and healthy enough to enjoy whatever scope of life is granted me.


4 posted on 07/23/2010 10:29:33 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("O nation miserable . . . when shalt thou see thy wholesome days again . . . .?")
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To: SmartInsight

Jim Fixx...my work is done here.


5 posted on 07/23/2010 10:31:24 PM PDT by stylin19a (Never buy a putter until you first get a chance to throw it)
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To: SmartInsight
MSNBC... an organization who's brilliant scientific acumen is exhibited in their continual attempts to revive the disgraced anthropomorphic global warming scam.

They should stick to reporting about Miley Ray Cyrus and Lidsay Lohan - that is more their area of expertise.

6 posted on 07/23/2010 10:33:10 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SmartInsight

My ultimate dream ... to die sitting in front of my computer. As much time as I spend in this chair, my dream has a good chance of happening.


7 posted on 07/23/2010 10:35:15 PM PDT by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: SmartInsight

Extended sitting carries its own risks, in extreme cases resulting in embolisms. I wonder if periodic freeping breaks are benefic


8 posted on 07/23/2010 10:43:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: SmartInsight
I personally think this is a flawed study and the results are meaningless.

You're correct in thinking such.

The article is such a steaming heap of horses**t that it's not worth taking the time to refute it.

9 posted on 07/23/2010 10:44:23 PM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: SmartInsight

Whether I die tomorrow or in 40 years, I feel much better when I get some exercise and spend time outside. ...and I have to figure that losing 25lbs from the exercise and diet has made SOME difference.

At least I’ll die healthy and won’t require a forklift to get my body out of the house.


10 posted on 07/23/2010 10:48:58 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: AAABEST

It does seem hard to believe that a sedentary pursuit would so completely negate the effect of periodic exercise. Otherwise we’d have schoolchildren dying off in droves.


11 posted on 07/23/2010 10:55:51 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Ronin
Oh well, everyone has to die of something, eventually...

Time is killing us all ... just look at those guys!

12 posted on 07/23/2010 10:56:22 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: SmartInsight

Except for workouts, I try to spend as much time as possible lying down.


13 posted on 07/23/2010 10:59:15 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Ronin

Imagine the back problems you’d have it you were standing most of every day. Especially if you are over 30.


14 posted on 07/23/2010 11:01:42 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: stylin19a

To 5 - Witty post, though he was an anomaly.


15 posted on 07/23/2010 11:10:44 PM PDT by jla
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To: SmartInsight

We were created to be gardeners. ;)


16 posted on 07/23/2010 11:33:55 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: SmartInsight

It sounds like the occupation media mouthpiece is pushing pol pot style shovel ready jobs.


17 posted on 07/23/2010 11:37:18 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: SmartInsight

Another study concluded that 96% of dead people end up laying down


18 posted on 07/23/2010 11:42:07 PM PDT by woofie
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To: SmartInsight
Men who sat more than six hours a day (also outside of work) were 18 percent more likely to die than those who sat fewer than three hours per day.


Looks like I'm screwed. I'm not on my butt more than 2 hours and usually not on my back more than 6-7.

Always figured I had a 100% chance to die.
Also figured I have a 100% chance of being accountable directly thereafter.
19 posted on 07/23/2010 11:49:12 PM PDT by Gun142 (Where Will You Be When You Get Where You're Going? -- Jerry Clower)
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To: stylin19a
Jim Fixx...my work is done here.

Yeah, he ran more than Forest Gump and died in his forties. He was a vegetarian too if I remember correctly. When they opened him up, they said his arteries were as clear as a newborn's.

20 posted on 07/24/2010 12:16:41 AM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: SmartInsight

Well you may not think this study is valid, but I’m taking it quite seriously. From now on, I’m going to give up sitting so much, and start lying down more.


21 posted on 07/24/2010 2:45:04 AM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: SmartInsight

So sleeping eight hours must be really bad for you. Soon there will be a crusade to eliminate sleep. Instead of sleep, people will be forced on tread mills that generate electricity. Government auditors will monitor each household on production numbers. If one fails to make quota, an agent will take the offending person before a Death Panel.

With that thought, I am going to bed.

Happy dreams everyone!


22 posted on 07/24/2010 3:07:10 AM PDT by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: Persevero

Actually, you’d probably have fewer, as you would tend to build musculature that would help support the back.


23 posted on 07/24/2010 3:10:11 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
I don’t exercise for longevity. I exercise in order to be strong and healthy enough to enjoy whatever scope of life is granted me.

I'm with you. I exercise because I feel better all around when I do. It stimulates not only the muscles but the mind as well.

It amazes how many FReepers scoff at exercise. There is only one major conservative in the media who regularly scoffs at exercise - Rush Limbaugh. I am guessing that too many FReepers succumb to his ridicule of exercise.

That said, most liberals hate conservatives who exercise and maintain their health. They see that as a threat, are afraid we healthy conservatives will live longer than them and don't believe we have a right to be healthy.

24 posted on 07/24/2010 4:17:42 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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25 posted on 07/24/2010 4:18:10 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: SmartInsight

I don’t believe in evolution, but I always thought that if I did, it would be evolutionarily correct to say we DON’T need to be buff, and that like Star Trek, we would evolve until we are blobby bodies with gigantic brains.


26 posted on 07/24/2010 4:24:10 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: SmartInsight

I do about half of each.


27 posted on 07/24/2010 4:29:04 AM PDT by b4its2late (Losing a wife can be hard. In my case it was almost impossible.)
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To: SmartInsight
Now that government is taking over health care expect lots of these type stories from the behavior nazis. We won't know anymore if they're legitimate or propaganda. Everything we do will be bad for us.

You have a job where you sit a lot? Plan on getting taxed.

You think cigarettes are expensive? Put that twinkie down or it'll cost you an extra two bucks for each one.

And no eating potato chips in front of the kids. That'll be a fifty dollar fine and court ordered visits from health and human services to be sure you're staying in line.

28 posted on 07/24/2010 5:07:56 AM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: TheThinker

Fixx had coronary heart disease which he inherited and he really didn’t do anything to mitigate that. Genetics were against him from the start.


29 posted on 07/24/2010 5:13:08 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Ronin

Or as Joycelyn Elders so eloquently—and mysteriously—put it, “..we all will probably die with something sooner or later.”


30 posted on 07/24/2010 5:20:38 AM PDT by giotto
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To: SeaHawkFan

Fixx strove to lower his heart rate. He did...to zero.


31 posted on 07/24/2010 5:32:47 AM PDT by Salvey
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To: SmartInsight

http://www.swimex.com

Hey, it couldn’t hurt!


32 posted on 07/24/2010 5:33:59 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (668, neighbor of the beast, is tagline enough)
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To: SeaHawkFan

I have a friend who has the same thing. Dad died really young too.


33 posted on 07/24/2010 5:39:20 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: stylin19a
I dumb comparison. Have you ever met any runners who are in good condition?
Jim Fixx was a mess from smoking before he started running.

I'm always amused when I hear being sedentary is acceptable behavior from a health point of view.

Walking is better than sitting, running is better than walking if possible to do.

34 posted on 07/24/2010 5:41:58 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (My carbon footprint is bigger than your carbon footprint.)
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To: SmartInsight

Sure sounds flawed to me, it would imply that a mailman who walks his route everyday needs to be on his feet after working hours just as much as someone who sits behind a desk all day. That is ridiculous!

It would also imply that most truck drivers should die within a few years, most of them spend their time either sitting behind the wheel, sitting and waiting for their truck to be loaded or unloaded or some other kind of sitting.


35 posted on 07/24/2010 6:50:39 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
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To: SmartInsight

Whenever I feel the urge to exercise, I lie down until the feeling goes away - author unknown


36 posted on 07/24/2010 6:58:37 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: stylin19a

Check out Jim Fixx background and you will probably decide he would have died even earlier had he not been a runner. As it is he outlived his father by nine years before dying of the same hereditary heart problem. The fact that he ran a lot and also died young in no way proves that running CAUSED his early death. In all probability it gave him a little more time than he would otherwise have had and at the least gave him mobility and energy in his last years when he otherwise was headed toward being a blob before taking up running.


37 posted on 07/24/2010 7:01:43 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
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To: Persevero

Standing in one spot is awful, I can’t do it for more than a few short minutes, walking at even the slowest speed or just shifting around a little is much better than just standing still. Standing still can cause a person to lose consciousness if they stand still enough. Ask anyone who has been in the military and had to stand in his tracks for long periods.


38 posted on 07/24/2010 7:06:13 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
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To: SmartInsight

I hate these ‘studies’ — typing data into a spreadsheet is not the same as studying something. My first thought is that sick people spend more time sitting than healthy people. I also strongly believe that sick people are more likely to die earlier than well people. I think, too, that most people in bars spend leisure time sitting — and breathing in second hand smoke, and occasionally being involved in a brawl — all bad for one’s health.

A great way to trim fraud, waste, and abuse in government would be to eliminate funding of these silly studies.


39 posted on 07/24/2010 7:19:00 AM PDT by wizwor (http://danvilledelivery.wordpress.com/)
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To: SmartInsight

I believe some people are pre-programed to die early. I have known two people I work with who were active and both died of massive heart attacks while young. One in his 40s and one in his 50s. Their kin also died young.

My grandparents died in their late 80s but my dad died when he reached...”Threescore and ten.”

So, I don’t believe there is a so-called “life extention routine” to allow people to get to real old age.


40 posted on 07/24/2010 7:42:12 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( Viva los SB 1070)
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To: TheThinker

Regarding Mr. Fixx’s arteries:

Despite having cholesterol levels above 250, Fixx demurred for reasons we can only guess at. In the several months before his death, Fixx ignored what hindsight reveals were the warning signs of advanced coronary artery disease. An autopsy revealed blockage in Fixx’s three main arteries of 95 percent, 85 percent and 50 percent.

Source: www.halhigdon.com


41 posted on 07/24/2010 8:26:56 AM PDT by Don W (I keep some folks' numbers in my 'phone just so I know NOT to answer when they call...)
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To: SmartInsight

I guess I’m doubly screwed even though I exercise a lot—not only do I sit on my ass all day reading Free Republic, I do all my exercise while sitting down (I bicycle ten miles a day).


42 posted on 07/24/2010 11:27:26 AM PDT by Colinsky
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To: FreedomPoster

“Actually, you’d probably have fewer, as you would tend to build musculature that would help support the back.”

Yes, maybe if I worked up to it slowly.


43 posted on 07/24/2010 2:17:21 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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