Theoretically, it would be reasonable to conclude that office work was fairly safe. After all, unlike a police officer, there was little chance of being shot, or a fireman of being burned or die of smoke inhalation, or a construction worker of falling from tall scaffolding.
Mayo Clinic researchers, however, came to a different conclusion. Gently swiveling on a chair for long shifts, from one day to the next, also had its fair share of hazards. Those who sat for an average of 11 hours a day had a 40% risk of dying within 3 years. These marathon sitters, however, were not the only ones at risk. Those who sat for an average of 8 hours a day had a 15% higher risk of dying than those who sat for only 4 hours a day.
These unusual statistical results were due to one simple fact: the more sluggish the metabolism…
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