A lot of information has been around recently regarding the dangers of sitting for too long. Here are some of the health risks you are experiencing when you sit for long periods of time. An average day for most of us consists of 21 sedentary hours and 3 active hours!
Sitting hurts and can lead to:
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If you sit for most of the day your risk for heart attack is the same as if you smoke
Electrical activity in the leg muscles shuts off as soon as you take a seat
Sitting for long periods of time is linked to depressive symptoms
Long term risks of prolonged sitting include a higher likelihood of kidney disease
30 minutes at the gym can’t counteract the effects of sitting for 8+ hours
Prolonged sitting leads to increased blood pressure and high blood sugar
Fat burning enzymes drop by 90% when you sit. There goes your metabolism!
Calorie burning drops to 1 per minute as soon as you sit
A 60+ year old doubles the risk of being disabled with every additional hour spent sitting
People with sitting jobs have 2 x the rate of cardiovascular disease as those with standing jobs
Its not all bad news though….
Standing for part of the day can lead to better moods
Incorporating small movement into your day reduces the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes
Walking just two flights of stairs daily can help you lose 3 kilograms per year
Standing for 3 hours on workdays burns as many calories as running 10 marathons per year
Walking burns 3-5 x more calories than sitting
Standing a little more each day tones muscles
Spending less than three hours a day sitting can add two years to the average life expectancy
Small movement and activity throughout the day can lead to better sleep
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