Are you sitting your way to an early grave?

Published 14 July 2015

Many of us lament the fact much of our day is spent inactive and that we are seated at work, in the car and at home watching TV.sitting down

Researchers from the University of New England are looking for individuals who want to change their everyday sitting habits for healthier, more active alternatives.

UNE’s Associate Professor John Malouff says previous research shows that extensive sitting contributes to health problems and early death.

Despite growing awareness of the risk and the detrimental effect on people’s health, many individuals have trouble changing their habit of sitting in everyday situations.

“I used to have a two hour return commute to work, sit for hours a day at work, followed by hours sitting watching TV. I now live close enough to walk to work. I stand at work, including during parts of meetings. I also stand often when I eat and when I drink tea,” A/ Prof. Malouff said.

Co-researcher, Katrina Kastanias, has also applied elements of the program to her own life at work and when using public transport.

“Having learned practical ways to sit less, I am mindful to stand whenever I can,” Ms Kastanias said.

The research team are hoping participants will experience a decrease in sedentary behaviour and that the study will contribute scientific understanding of how to motivate people to sit less in everyday life.

UNE School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences,
Associate Professor John Malouff
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