In late 2018, scientists from Canada, Australia, and the U.S. evaluated the “sitting is the new smoking” claim in the American Journal of Public Health.
“The mass-media enthusiasm for condemning sitting” had “far outpaced the available scientific evidence,” the study authors concurred. In fact, the prevalence of cancer and heart disease was much higher among people who smoked than it was among even the most marathon sitters.
Levine, who’d intended to spark a revolution, had instead anchored people to their standing desks. In a recent article, he clarified that what was really necessary was a conceptual change In the workplace. “Getting off your bottom is almost forbidden,” said Levine. “We have to have environments that send the right message.”
It is true that parking in any static position all day, day after day, isn’t good for you. Every minute of activity helps, according to recently released Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. There’s also room for sitting in our day, when done correctly.