Sitting All Day Can Kill You. Here’s What You Can Do
Beware of that office chair
For sure you’ve come across “Sitting is the new smoking,” on the Internet thanks to Mayo Clinic’s Dr. James Levine. We did our research and turns out, he was right and wrong. A sedentary lifestyle—i.e., sitting or standing all day—is what will kill us all. Being sedentary for 1 to 2 hours at a time with little to no movement is what will increase one’s risk of getting diseases, like type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancers, and obesity per optimizehealth.me.
But the scarier part is this: you can’t offset sitting for 6 to 12 hours with an hour of exercise. Sitting all day restricts blood flow and circulation, so suddenly trying to pump blood through those vessels quickly with say, HIIT exercise can actually do more harm than good (think cardiac issues).
“You can’t offset sitting for 6 to 12 hours with an hour of exercise”
We’re not saying don’t exercise. We’re saying try to move constantly throughout the day and then exercise. Here’s how:
Park your car further. Besides, if you’re going to work you know you’ll be sitting in that office chair for hours.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator, especially when you’re just going to a meeting on the next floor. You’ll burn calories and lessen your carbon footprint—win-win!
Talk to your colleagues in person instead of emailing or Viber-ing them all the time.
Take a phone call while walking around.
Have a mini break every few hours to have a sip of water, go to the bathroom, or to stretch your back or legs. Your body will thank you later.
So, keep moving!