You may have heard the phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking.” This means that sitting for long periods of time can be just as hazardous to your health as smoking. Numerous studies over the past 15 years have linked sitting to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even depression.
“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”
~ James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic
Studies show that on average, we sit 86% of the time whether it is in class, on the job, in our cars, at home, in restaurants, in front of the TV, checking social media, and on and on and on…..
Now, you can actually calculate how much time per day you spend sitting.
Even if you work out the recommended 150 minutes per week, it doesn’t undo all the damage done by extended periods of time sitting.
“You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.” ~ Dr. Marc Hamilton, Ph.D. of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center
That’s because your metabolism slows down by 90% after just 30 minutes of sitting! Muscles turn off; enzymes shut down, and good cholesterol drops 20 percent!
However, the answer is not to increase your exercise. Dr. Hamilton claims the average person could never do enough exercise to counteract the amount of time she/he spends sitting.
The answer is to STAND and MOVE!!!! Our bodies were designed to MOVE. Low intensity, non-exercise activities like standing and walking are much more important than you realize.
In fact, low-level activities play a crucial metabolic role and account for more of our daily energy expenditure than moderate-to-high intensity activities.
Check out how many calories you can burn each day just by standing more.
Here’s what else you can do: watch this one minute video but watch it standing up!