Health Impacts of Sitting All Day… and What You Can Do About It

standing desk

By Casie Terry

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

If you’ve been sitting at a desk all week and are eager to jump out of your office chair, you’ll be happy to know there’s scientific evidence suggesting you should do just that. It sounds counter-intuitive. After all, as a society we’ve been bellying up to our desks for 8-10 hours a day with few physiological consequences, right? Wrong.

It is thought that many of America’s most expensive and detrimental health problems are directly related to the mere of act of sitting all day, every day. Numerous studies have demonstrated the dangers of sitting for long periods of time, indicating the consequences could include everything from diabetes and heart disease to inflammation, brain fog and even death. In fact, one recent study revealed that sitting for 11 or more hours per day increased risk of death by 40 percent, regardless of other activity levels.

Now experts are recommending a few minutes of movement and stretching for every 60 minutes spent in the seated position. Another option? Try a standing desk!

After doing extensive research on the dangers of sitting for long periods of time, LiveInTheNow’s Editor-in-Chief, Joshua Corn, connected the dots and realized sitting all day was likely the cause for many of his back and joint problems. He converted his desk into a standing desk, we have standing meetings (it’s true! and we love them), and his back and knees have never felt better.

This infographic offers up an incredibly comprehensive visualization of the potential dangers of sitting for long periods of time — we hope it motivates you to get up move a little more today!

sitting all day should scare you

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About the Author

Casie Terry is Associate Editor of the natural health and wellness site, Live in the Now. She’s also a freelance writer, a blogger, an avid runner, a garlic enthusiast, a juicing aficionado and a lover of her dog, Mitzi.

This article was republished with permission from Live in the Now, one of the fastest growing natural health newsletters. Visit LiveInTheNow.com to browse their complete library of articles, or join the nearly 60,000 readers subscribed to their Newsletter. Infographic courtesy of JustStand.org.

 


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