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Is sitting the new smoking?


“Sitting is the new smoking” – is sensationalist-sounding phrase is starting to gain traction in health news. Sitting down for long periods each day isn’t great for our fitness levels – that’s a no-brainer, but are the risks greater than previously thought? The current COVID-19 pandemic has got many of us sitting more than we used to. If you're at home, you usually have less reason to leave you desk that you did previously and if you're in the office and social distancing, you may find yourself spending longer sitting at your desk to ensure you give people space.


In this article we examine the evidence behind the statement and explore what we can do when our jobs require us to work in static positions.