Category : Sedentary Behavior Research

Dangers of … sitting? Regardless of exercise, too much sedentary time is linked to major disability after 60 (Science Daily)

For those 60 years old or older, every additional hour a day spent sitting is linked to doubling the risk of being disabled — regardless of how much exercise a given person gets, reports a new study by Northwestern University. The study is the first to show sedentary behavior as its own risk factor for disability, separate from lack of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

Sitting is the New Smoking, Even for Runners (Runners World)

Exercise, alone, is not enough to stave off the unhealthy effects of being sedentary for large portions of the day. Runner’s World features a great article on the dangers of extended sitting, even for those who are active at running/working out.

The health hazards of sitting (Washington Post)

The Washington Post featured this great article and infographic, which outlines the dangers of prolonged sitting, including increased risk of heart disease, over-productive pancreas, colon cancer, muscle degeneration, decreased brain function, spinal and muscular issues, among others… Further explored are increased mortality rates associated with sedentary lifestyles (upwards of 61% greater risk of dying for those who sit 7+ hours per day) and things that people can do to counteract these dangers, including the hallmark of UtiliFIT– small activity breaks […]

That Thing You Do All Day May Cut Your Life Short (Yahoo! Health)

Yahoo! Health reports on a large study of 93,000 women whose results show that sitting for extended periods of time contributes to risk for a host of major chronic diseases, including: cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and cancer. While the findings are bleak, results show that even small activity breaks each hour help not only stave off the effects of sitting, but also help people feel more focused and stimulated by their tasks at hand.

Don’t just sit there. Really. (Los Angeles Times)

This Los Angeles Times article discusses the detrimental aspects of spending the majority of our waking hours sitting, going on to explain that humans simply are not designed to sit for prolonged periods of time.

Sitting, Lack of Exercise Linked With Symptoms Of Depression In New Study (Huffington Post)

Huffington Post reports on a study that shows a connection between mental health and the amount of time a person sits. Findings of the study show that the longer a person sits the more apt they become to have symptoms of depression and anxiety.

How much better is standing up than sitting? (BBC News Magazine)

BBC News chronicles the negative effects of the average person’s 8-12 hours of sitting per day, and how even little breaks throughout the day can have huge impacts on long-term health.

Employers May Pay Workers for Good Health ( reports on a growing trend of companies who are creating financial incentives for employees who show biometric screening improvements. The systems distribute awards based upon overall fitness levels, which is a key focus of UtiliFIT

Could simple things like stretching, smiling, and sitting up actually make you work better? (Fast Company)

Fast Company provides this informative article on how posture and stretching, meditation and other relaxation techniques (all parts of the UtiliFIT experience) play in improving workplace performance.

Insurers Increasingly Turning to Video Games to Improve Consumer Engagement, Results (Healthcare Daily)

Healthcare Daily reports on a trend among forward-thinking companies who are recognizing the value of utilizing video game psychology and mechanics to improve wellness engagement and increase bottom line. Games are set to have a huge impact on the cost, availability and effectiveness of preventative (and remedial) healthcare.