Sitting Longer and Disability Risk Factor

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // Aging, Health


February 21  

I saw this research the other day and my first thought was:

sitting_and_working“uh oh you’re in trouble – you’ve been sitting a lot again”

I had a lot of work to do, and for some reason, even knowing that sitting is bad for me, I was sitting for long stretches to do the work on my laptop.

Not good – and here is another reason why sitting is not good:

Regardless of how much time older Americans spend being active, those who sit for more hours each day are more likely to be disabled, according to a new study.

Researchers found that every hour people 60 years old and older spent sitting daily was tied to a 46 percent increased risk of being disabled – even if they also exercised regularly.

So instead, for the last 2 days, when I was finishing up some of that work, I put my laptop up high enough so that it was at the right level for me while standing – and I stood all day to finish the work.




  I felt so virtuous.


  • The poet and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote standing at a specially designed desk. I have a friend who got slip disk trouble and his orthopedist gave him actually a prescription for an elevated desk that can be switched from sitting to standing height and vice versa. He switches every hour at least and if he is in and out of the office frequently (he’s and engineer with shop floor duties), he leaves it in the high position and doesn’t sit down at all that day. His back problems have greatly improved plus it is good for blood circulation and against varicose veins in the calves and around the ankles!

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    About the Author

    Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

    Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.