Are you sitting comfortably? Then let us begin — by saying that this is one of the worst things you can possibly do for your health.
So please do yourself a big favour. Try getting out of your seat and reading this (computer screen) standing up. This may feel awkward, even downright strange at first, but it will help improve your health and even make you live longer.
How do I know? Because for the past 25 years, as a British doctor and scientist working first in London and now the U.S., I’ve been studying the science of sitting.
At the start of my research, which focused on obesity, some fellow scientists dismissed my work as wrong-headed and irrelevant. One rival even wrote to my boss at America’s prestigious Mayo Clinic, accusing me of being psychiatrically deranged.