I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my computer.
In my day job I write marketing material for software companies. My clients sell their wares to businesses rather than to consumers, so, unless you’re in the IT department of a mid-sized or larger company, there’s a good chance you’ve never read any of that material.
Clearly, my day job requires sitting at my computer.
In addition to that work, I surf the Web, write posts for my blogs, and maintain a couple of other Web sites. Needless to say, all of that also involves a lot of sitting at a computer.
Beyond the time I spend sitting in front of my computer, I also squander considerable time sitting on the couch trying to think up half-decent excuses for not going to the gym. I’m often successful at that. In fact, it is one of the few areas of my life where I’ve been able to achieve fairly consistent success.
Apparently, I may not be doing these things for too much longer.
Let me explain. One of the Web sites I check out regularly is CBC News. In this case, CBC stands for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I visit its news site because some of my tax dollars go to subsidizing the CBC. I want to get my money’s worth.
Yesterday, while at the CBC site, I came across an article titled, Time spent sitting increases risk of premature death: study. The subtitle was Risk increased even for those who exercised regularly.
The article reported on a study that examined the lifestyles of 17,000 Canadian men and women. The researchers followed up on those study participants over the course of 12 years.
What they found was that people who spent most of their days sitting had a 1.54 times higher mortality risk (i.e., a 54% higher risk) than people who got up off their asses occasionally. According to the research, excessive sitting increased the risk of death from not only cardiovascular problems, but also from most other causes apart from cancer.
The study normalized for other factors that are generally considered to contribute to mortality, such as the amount of physical exercise outside of work, body mass index, age, sex, smoking and alcohol consumption. So those factors, some of which may be correlated somewhat with a tendency to spend a lot of time sitting on your ass, did not skew the results.
What’s my point? It would appear that I’m risking my life sitting here writing this pathetic crap. How depressing is that?
Nonetheless, there is some emotional compensation for me.
The study results also suggest that you’re risking your life sitting there reading my pathetic crap. Don’t get me wrong. I wish you only the best of health and life. My emotional compensation comes from being profoundly honored by you’re willingness to send yourself to an early grave just so you can sit there and read my words.
From the bottom of my soon-to-be-stopped heart, thank you. Should my heirs send flowers to your heirs?
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