Back in my hell-raising youthful days, I used to tell my mother I was going to live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse.

Her reply was, “Well, two out of three ain’t bad.”

Today I read a piece on NPR’s website about a study — yes, another study — that may demonstrate that sitting all day is not a good thing. UH-OH! What’s that going to mean for the fat-assed American people? We sleep in our dial-a-position cribs at night. We wake, dress, and sit at our breakfast table eating carbohydrate-laden garbage food, like PopTarts, for breakfast. We sit in our ergonimically designed car seats to commute that one-way hourlong trip to the workplace, where we spend our day sitting in a chair in some cubicle in front of a computer screen. Once we get home, we plop our fat-ass down in that confy recliner after another carbohydrate gorge-fest and nap in front of the $4.83/day cable programming that we were so hot to sign up for when it was offered; afterwhich, it’s back to beddy-bye. Weekends? Pffft! Yeah, we get a lot of exercise then, too… probably getting up and down from that recliner for some snacks and a beer or ten.

We’re all gonna’ die.

Blair recently headed a study at the University of South Carolina that looked at adult men and their risk of dying from heart disease. He calculated how much time the men spent sitting — in their cars, at their desks, in front of the TV.

“Those who were sitting more were substantially more likely to die,” Blair says.

Specifically, he found that men who reported more than 23 hours a week of sedentary activity had a 64 percent greater risk of dying from heart disease than those who reported less than 11 hours a week of sedentary activity.*

*From the NPR article Sitting All Day: Worse For You Than You Might Think by Patti Neighmond

Where’s my beer? 😦



About V. T. Eric Layton

vtel57, Nocturnal Slacker

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