(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?

(VIDEO) Are We Sitting Too Much?

If you are like most modern workers you spend most of the sitting. Which leads to the question: Are you sitting too much?

This video breaks down the science of sitting for you.

Correct sitting posturerThe fact is that being seated all day is affecting you body more than you might realize. The Washington Post has a good article on “the health hazards of sitting” including heart disease, and diabetes.

Here is an article that lists Five free apps to help remind you to take a break. We also like Stretch Clock, which is a browser extension that pops up a video to remind you to get up and stretch. The default time is 60 mins, but we want to challenge you to set it for 30 mins for better results.

Other suggestions for helping you to move more during the workday are to stand when you are on the phone, try a standing desk or sit on an exercise ball, and to take a walk at lunch. Plus when you are seated, check to make sure you maintain good posture. Small changes can add up to big results.

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