(Article) Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?

Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?

The posture of sitting itself probably isn’t worse than any other type of daytime physical inactivity, like lying on the couch watching “Wheel of Fortune.” But for most of us, when we’re awake and not moving, we’re sitting. This is your body on chairs: Electrical activity in the muscles drops — “the muscles go as silent as those of a dead horse,” Hamilton says — leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects. Your calorie-burning rate immediately plunges to about one per minute, a third of what it would be if you got up and walked. Insulin effectiveness drops within a single day, and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises. So does the risk of being obese. Read the full article.

Some simple changes can help you combat the ill effects of sitting. Try setting a timer and standing up once an hour. Or stand up when you answer the phone at work. If you are watching TV stand up in between episodes or during commercials. Take the stairs when you can and park in the back of the parking lot when shopping. Try adding more steps, more often into your routine.

Another route is to use a stability ball instead of an office chair. If this is difficult for you at first, commit to 30 mins of chair free sitting a day for the first two-weeks. You could also switch to a standing desk or a peddle desk. There are other options too like a rocking foot rest or an app that encourages mini breaks through out the day.

And check out our previous blog for more tips. (VIDEO) Are We Sitting Too Much?