Ventura, CA (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
Demonstrating to his audience the importance of being active over the course of the day, Kent Burden, author of the bestselling book “Is Your Chair Killing You? rode his FitDesk as he spoke to a large audience at the Ventura Family YMCA last week. Burden’s demonstration showed that you don’t have to be out of breath or break a sweat to be more active and work at the same time. The enthusiastic audience expressed surprise at the fact that even easy and low-intensity movement could be so beneficial.
Burden and the Tennessee-based company FitDesk have teamed up to get the word out about the health perils of extended periods of sitting. According to a new Australian study that looked at death rates during a three-year period, people who spent a lot of time sitting at a desk or in front of a television were more likely to die sooner than those who were only sedentary a few hours a day. Of more than 200,000 adults age 45 and older, the lead author of the study Hidde van der Ploeg and her colleagues at the University of Sydney found that people who reported sitting for at least 11 hours daily were 40 percent more likely to die during the study than those who sat less than four hours daily.
The results appear in the Archives of Internal Medicine, March 26, 2012, and reveal that the link between too much time sitting and shortened lives stuck even when they accounted for how much moderate or vigorous exercise people got, as well as their weight and other measures of health. “This is yet another study in this developing field that points to sitting as a major risk factor in and of itself to our overall health,” according to Kent Burden, author of the new book Is Your Chair Killing You? “And all of these studies conclude that getting the government-recommended amount of exercise won’t counter the negative effects of sitting. We need to be more active over the course of the day.”
Ryan Moore, co-founder and Vice President of Fitdesk believes his company and its innovative products can help. “Our product, Fitdesk makes people more active in both an office setting and the home setting, getting people moving during times that they would normally be sedentary, yet keeping them productive in their work.”
FitDesk is not a piece of gym equipment, nor is it designed for hardcore sweaty spin sessions. Instead, this basic stationary bike is perfect for low-intensity/long duration movement to combat the effects of inactive sitting while the user is gaming, writing, and computing. Fitted with a cleverly designed work surface, it is also meant to stimulate thought processes and creative thinking rather than allowing the user to succumb to mind-numbing inactivity. “After all,” Moore adds, “Einstein developed his theory of relativity (E=mc2) while riding his bike—not while sitting behind a desk!”
“The most interesting thing about these studies,” says Burden, “is they all show that the activity doesn’t need to be strenuous or sustained--simply getting up and walking or doing simple movements over the course of the day for just 1-5 minutes at a time seems to do the trick. Add a tool like the Fitdesk, and you can bump that up even more and lose weight too.”
Both FitDesk and Is Your Chair Killing You? are available at http://www.amazon.com