sitting is not going to kill you

Ah, sitting. It’s something we all do, often for hours on end, whether it’s at our desks, on our couches, or in our cars. And let’s be real, it can be pretty comfortable. But a few years ago, a bombshell of a study dropped, claiming that sitting for long periods of time was a one-way ticket to an early grave. Cue the collective gasp of horror from office workers everywhere.

But fear not, friends, because it turns out that initial study was a bit of an exaggeration. (Whew, right?) New research has come to the rescue, and we’re here to give you the lowdown.

In 2012, a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine sent shockwaves through the health community. It suggested that prolonged sitting was linked to an increased risk of death, even if you exercised regularly. The media had a field day, and suddenly, sitting was the new smoking.

the science of sitting

Fast forward to 2019, and a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology set the record straight. Researchers analyzed data from over 47,000 adults and found that, yes, sitting for long periods does increase the risk of death – but only if you’re not physically active. In other words, if you’re a couch potato who rarely gets moving, sitting is indeed a problem. However, if you’re someone who sits for long periods but also makes time for regular exercise, the risks are significantly reduced.

So, what’s going on when we sit for too long?

When we’re sedentary, our bodies undergo a series of changes that can have negative effects on our health. Our metabolism slows down, our blood sugar levels rise, and our muscles start to atrophy. Yikes!

But here’s the good news:

Regular exercise can counteract these effects, even if you do sit for long periods.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology

The key takeaway from all this research is that movement matters.

It’s not about never sitting again (although, let’s be real, that would be pretty tough); it’s about finding a balance between sitting and physical activity. And that’s where seated massage comes in.

Corporate seated massage is a game-changer for teams who spend a lot of time sitting. It’s a convenient, relaxing way to reduce stress, improve circulation, and boost energy levels – all without leaving your office chair. Or we can set a room aside for you and use our purpose-built ergonomic massage chairs.

Our expertly trained therapists will work out all the kinks and knots, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Seated massage is an amazing way to show your team you care about their well-being. It’s a unique perk that can help increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, and even improve morale.

Plus, it’s a great way to encourage your team to take breaks and move around throughout the day.

Here are just a few of the benefits of seated massage:

  • Reduced muscle tension and pain
  • Improved circulation and oxygenation
  • Boosted energy levels and mental clarity
  • Enhanced mood and reduced stress
  • Improved posture and reduced risk of injury

Sitting might not be the devil we thought it was, but it’s still important to find a balance between sitting and physical activity. By incorporating regular exercise into your routine and taking breaks to move around, you can reduce the risks associated with prolonged sitting.

And, of course, there’s seated massage.

It’s the perfect way to give your team a much-needed break from their desks and help them feel their best. So why not give it a try? Your team (and their backsides) will thank you.

Get in touch with us today to schedule a session for your team. Or search for “seated massage near me.” We can’t wait to help you and your colleagues feel relaxed, refreshed, and ready to take on the day!

Edwin Lynch

Lecturer and tutor for School of Arts & Humanities and Research Assistant for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University.


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