It’s established that long periods of sitting (like the kind writers and editors do) adversely affects metabolic health and increases risk for cardiovascular problems, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic health concerns, like breast and colon cancer.
Recent science shows that even vigorous exercise doesn’t completely offset long periods of sitting. Marc Hamilton, an inactivity researcher, told the New York Times that sitting causes electrical activity in the muscles to “go as silent as those of a dead horse.”
And now comes evidence that sitting is making us dumber, too. Or, at least, less smart.
The headline finding of a recent study was that the “working memory performance” improved when participants were allowed to walk at their own speed compared to when they were...