If you’re genuinely concerned a simple google search into the dangers of sitting and a sedentary lifestyle will result in hundreds of pages of content with advice extolling the dangers of excessive sitting. Many of the scientific papers coming out of universities and medical institutions are well-researched and highly respected. Problems arise when headlines are taken out of context by the media, grabbing readers’ attention and provoking controversy. These same headlines are often quoted and reused, especially if they’re designed to sell magazines, newspapers or blogs.
As with most things, a balanced view is always best. It seems that what really impacts on our long-term health and wellbeing is a general lack of physical activity and movement on a day-to-day basis.
As we see it the main problem is not sitting itself, but the amount of prolonged sitting that we’re doing for many hours every day. For many adults in the UK the average time spent sitting down is now about 9-10 hours a day. This includes doing work, watching TV, using a computer, reading, studying, and travelling by car, bus or train.
A good place to start for some sound advice is the NHS website. There is no hidden agenda, so overall the information found there can be trusted and taken at face value!