Are You Sitting Too Much?

Sitting too much can literally kill you.

Ok…so maybe that’s a bit dramatic…but sitting too much should scare you!

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examinations Surveys, which examines about 5,000 people in United States each year (Nelson & Zeratsky, 2012), 50-70% of people sit for 6 or more hours per day. That might seem like a lot, but if you think about the “average” daily schedule of a 9-5er, that isn’t far off the mark.

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Getting Productivity Up & Moving Infographic by Ergotron is licensed under a Creative Commons Attributions 3.0 Unported License.

So how does this impact our health? Too sedentary of a lifestyle can cause:

  • Low energy
  • Slower metabolism
  • Back and spine injuries
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Risk of heart disease

How can you combat this? It’s easy – get moving!

  • Stand every hour – take a quick trip to the bathroom or go get some coffee.
  • Park farther away – sure that front row spot is nice, but those in the back are better for you!
  • Track your steps with an activity tracker – Using an activity tracker that monitors your idle time and steps is a great way to see what your daily activity looks like.
  • Take the stairs – if it’s possible, always (always!) take the stairs.
  • Outdoor walk – walking is good for the soul and the body!

 

So, are you sitting too much? What can you do to become more active?

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