“Sitting is the new smoking,” according to Dr. James Levine, of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative. Levine is the author of, Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It (link is external), and the inventor of the treadmill desk.
Levine believes that sitting is a bigger public health problem than smoking. Luckily, the detriments of sitting can easily be fixed simply by standing up.
Levine says that we lose about two hours of life for every hour we sit. He blames sitting for a wide range of ailments beyond gaining weight and obesity. In an interview (link is external) with the LA Times, Levine stated, “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”
Jimmy Kimmel uses a treadmill desk to boost creativity and maintain a healthy weight. He is an early adopter to a trend that is gaining momentum. Levine said,
I think the revolution is coming. It’s going to happen. The cool companies, cool executives are not driving BMWs, they’re on treadmills. My kids won’t be working the way my colleagues and myself have. This is about hard-core productivity. You will make money if your workforce gets up and gets moving. Your kids will get better grades if they get up and get moving. The science is not refuted.
Yesterday, a new study was released that supports Levine’s mission by illustrating that students perform better academically when they’re on their feet.