Staff Pick: The Dangers Of Inactivity

Jul 4, 2019


  Chances are good you’re sitting down as you read these words. After hearing what Dr. James Levine has to say about the dangers of inactivity, you might find yourself standing a lot more. Listener survey

 

Chances are good you’re sitting down as you read these words. After hearing what Dr. James Levine, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, has to say about sitting, you might find yourself standing a lot more. That’s because Dr. Levine’s research suggests that spending most of your day sitting and physically inactive -- at work, at home and everywhere else -- won’t just give you a sore back: there’s a good chance it could lead you to an early grave. Dr. Levine joins us Wednesday to explain the dangers of inactivity.

Here's what producer Benjamin Bombard had to say about this episode:

Being a radio producer means hours and hours in front of a computer. And for a long time, for me, that meant hours and hours of sitting. Then, in 2013, we had Dr. James Levine on the show. His message was simple and provocative: Our bodies, he said, aren’t evolved to sit, and sitting is slowly killing us. What we need to do is get off our butts, stand…walk…move...do anything but sit. So, I took his advice. It’s been six years since I’ve had a chair at my desk, and, honestly, I’ve never been healthier. Dr. Levine’s case for the dangers of inactivity might even convince you to ditch the chair, too.