Sitting Will Kill You

Posted by: Tom Fudge    |    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 7:00 am

SAN DIEGO —I used to live in Minneapolis where there was a bar called Stand Up Frank‘s. People used to say Stand Up Frank's poured the strongest drink in town, and the bar had few if any chairs. Hence the name. Ironically, Stand Up Frank's was onto something when it came to human health. I learned this while attending a presentation at the Hillcrest offices of Active Living Research. Two Australian academics came to speak about the perils of a sedentary life, especially when the problem is sitting too much. Another irony: their talk took place in a small conference room that contained about half as many chairs as there were people in attendance. So a lot of us had to stand, just like those hard drinkers at Stand Up Frank's.

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