Sitting All Day Is Killing You – It’s Time to Stand Up For Health

Posted by on February 3, 2013 in Exercise and Fitness, Health-Wellness with 13 Comments

inactive sittingBy Elizabeth Renter | Natural Society
February 3rd, 2013

We know our diet and activity levels have a significant impact on our health and even our lifespan. But as many of us spend more time sitting than we do sleeping or moving around, we need to realize that this activity is becoming a significant problem. It’s time to add ‘sitting’ to the list of harmful and even disease-causing activities.

Due to TV watching, playing video games, work, and technology in general, many people are sitting for the vast majority of the day. If you work a regular full-time job and sit at a desk, it’s safe to say you spend at least seven hours of your work day seated. Then, you might go home and sit down for dinner, followed by sitting and relaxing on the couch. A conservative estimate would be nine hours of sitting—and how much activity are you getting?

Nine hours of daily sitting, by five work days each week—that’s 45 hours of sitting on your butt on Monday through Friday, not even including the weekends. We spend more time sitting than we do sleeping, and with sleep actually being a healthy activity, this imbalance is not good.

Sitting Causing Obesity, Cancer, Diabetes, and More

According to researchers, sitting is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and death. The strongest correlation between sitting and disease is with the risk of type 2 diabetes. What’s more, sitting strikes approximately 92,000 people each year with avoidable cancer, namely colon and breast cancer.

It’s estimated that obese people sit for around 2.5 hours more than thin people on any given day. So, sitting could be having a significant impact on the obesity rate, along with diet and lack of exercise.

It’s what happens to our bodies when we sit down that encourages obesity and obesity-related diseases. According to NaturalNews, when we sit:

  • Electrical activity in the  legs shuts down
  • Enzymes that help break down fat decrease by 90 percent
  • Calorie burning drops to one per minute
  • Insulin effectiveness drops after 24 hours
  • Good cholesterol levels drop after two hours

If you sit for a living, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease is twice that of someone who stands on the job. Also, “sitting six-plus hours per day makes you up to 40 percent likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits fewer than three, even if you exercise.” There is a reason sitting is said to be as deadly as smoking.

For many people, finding a standing job just isn’t an option. But there are simple ways to reduce your down time. Start by standing. Find a way to elevate your keyboard and mouse pad and stand to do your work. Or, invest in a standing desk if you work at home. Many people find this actually increases their focus and the quality of their work. If this isn’t possible, move around. Anytime you take a break, no matter how short—stand up! Go for a walk or just stand in place as you read a report, dictate a memo, or organize a file.

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  1. kiddrobb21@yahoo.com' Robert says:

    Ok, I’m an over the road truck driver. We are required to drive up to 11 hours per day – 6 days per week. We sit in excess of 60 hours per week while working. Who can I sue?

  2. gserapis@yahoo.com' Ghana Serapis says:

    That is a personal choice of occupation dude. Change it or go with the old saying; “When you live in your sin, you die from your sin.”

  3. a.raynes@yahoo.com' Tony says:

    Truck driving, or in my case, taxi driving isnt so much a choice. I can’t buy a job where I live. This is the highest paying job I can get around here. I’m in Michigan and driving a cab pays more than working at Pfizer by far. My education, innovation, and skill set don’t mean squat…except when I apply it doing what I do. Most people’s job is like a set of golden handcuffs. I knew this job would kill me sooner or later. I’ve been stabbed 3 times, had over 100 fist fights, averted death by car crash several times daily, but I can’t outwit the fate of my occupation. ):

    • j.willbanks@me.com' Alcyone says:

      That sounds awful Tony! Hang in there…

      Do you have the ability get out and stretch your legs once very hour or two? Maybe do some quick jumping jacks or running in place? Even 1-2 minutes of that would make a huge difference in terms of metabolic effects and circulation.

      - Alcyone @CLN

      • a.raynes@yahoo.com' Tony says:

        Thank you for the kind thoughts Alcyon! I actually do that, so maybe my prognosis isn’t so bleak. I also exercise & avoid fast food.

  4. aspec10449@aol.com' Ajax says:

    Gentlemen be seated
    You are going to die anyway.

  5. ludwigofbavaria657@gmail.com' Ludwig says:

    He didn’t seem to affect Stephen Hawking whose in his early 70s.

    • zepheri123@yahoo.com' zeph says:

      Good point ludwig von bonehead, this is a discussion of the quality of life gained from getting off your dead ass and living, if at all possible.

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