Your chair is the ENEMY
It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the day sitting- in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home- you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you. That, at least, is the conclusion of several recent studies. (Opinionator; The New York Times, Feb. 23, 2010).
Did you know as soon as you sit:
- Electrical activity in your lower leg muscles shut off
- Caloric burning drops to 1 per minute
- Enzymes that help break down fat drop 90%
Did you know after 2 hours:
- Good cholesterol drops by 20%
Did you know:
- If you sit for much of the day (at your job and when you get home) Insulin effectiveness drops 24% and your risk of diabetes rises
- People with sitting jobs have 2x the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs
- On average, we spend 9.3 hrs/day sitting
Sitting is one of the most passive things you can do. You burn more energy by chewing gum or fidgeting than sitting in a chair.
What can you do?
MOVE MORE, SIT LESS!
- Stairs vs. Elevator
- Walk to the desk of a colleague vs. emailing them
- Take frequent standing and stretching breaks
- Park further away from the door vs. high-fiving for closest spot
- Swiss ball vs. chair