Prolonged periods of sitting is bad for your health. Too much sitting has been implicated in the risk for a number of serious medical conditions and a reduced life span, along with muscle and joint issues. According to a recent article in The Washington Post:
… sedentary workers have more than twice the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, a 13 percent increased risk of cancer and 17 percent increased risk of dying.
This article also says that our metabolism slows down 90% after 30 minutes of sitting and after 2 hours, good cholesterol drops 20%. These number amazed and, to be honest, scared me.
Exercising for a half hour, or even an hour, does not compensate for sitting too much. What to do, then? Stand more and move more, for 2 hours daily – and work up to 4 hours daily. Here are ideas to get you started:
- Meet friends for a walk instead of a meal
- Stand up when you’re on the phone, having a snack or on the bus
- Ask for (and use) a standing workstation for your computer
- Fold clothes or do stretches while watching TV
Mayo Clinic article on sitting risks
Just Stand – a group raising awareness for healthy computing. The site includes quizzes to assess your sitting habits, facts/research, and products/tools