Overdrive Extra

Max Heine

More bad news about your lifestyle

| January 21, 2010

Trucking’s lifestyle has always gotten a bad rap for its impact on health because of driver inactivity, stress and poor diet, among other things. New studies bring even more bad news, and you don’t want to take this sitting down: Staying seated for prolonged periods, even when combined with regular exercise, could be bad for your health.

If there’s any consolation, it’s that professional drivers are hardly the only ones affected. Office workers, students, couch potatoes — anyone who spends too many daily hours off their feet is more likely to be fat and suffer the associated problems.

The studies indicate that interrupting prolonged sitting can be helpful. So take advantage of any stops you make and get in an extra five or 10 minutes of walking.