Did you know that sitting down all day can kill you? As if we did not have enough to worry about there is a new study about the dangers we face from sitting down all day. The study which came from the Median Journal shows, among other things, that those who spend the majority of their day sitting down are an alarming 54% more likely to die from a heart attack. This is not good news as a huge percent of us spent more than half of our days sitting down at work. This may explain the reason some people have been preaching the use of stand-up desks. Here are some further alarming and disturbing statistics to deal with from our "Did you know?" department. We hope you are sitting down (kidding) for this.
Did you know? The Slow Killer!
Sitting down increases the risk of death by about 40%. This means that if you spend 6 or more hours a day sitting, it can actually make you more 40% likely to die within the next fifteen years. The hard part to swallow is that it applies even if you exercise. All this when its compared to someone who sits less than 3 hours or less a day.
The average person spends about 9.3 hours a day sitting down. That is more than we spend sleeping which is about 7.7 hours. Part of the increase is due to computers, TV and the fact that most of us work sitting behind a desk all day.
So it is now obvious that sitting down is killing us slowly. But how is it doing it?
Sitting down all day can make us fat. In average, obese people sit for about 2.5 more hours per day than their thin counterparts. 1 out of 3 Americans today is considered obese. Between the year 198- to 2000 when exercise rates stayed the same, sitting actually increased by 8% while obesity more than doubled. This is in part largely due because sitting downs expends almost zero energy.
Sitting wrecks your body:
What you don't know can kill you!
The moment you sit, your caloric burning drops to about 1% per minute.
The moment you sit, all electrical activities shut off in your leg muscles.
The moment you sit, Enzymes, which help break down body fat drop an astounding 90%.
Sitting after two hours causes a drop of about 20% of your good cholesterol.
Sitting for 24 hours causes the risk of diabetes to rise since your insulin effectiveness drops about 25%
For most of us it is impossible not to sit about 8 hours a day at work. So what can you do to survive sitting down all day?
What to do to stop sitting down all day from killing you.
You may want to do some stretching, walking or even some jumping jacks.
Try to take the stairs whenever you can as opposed to riding the elevator.
If you sit at a 135 degree angle, you will put less strain on your back than if you're sitting straight or hunched forward.
Walking around actually burns about 3 to 5 times the amount of calories that sitting does. This means you should take every opportunity you can to walk around the office or at home if you are sitting down for long periods of time.
Are you at home sitting down?
Keep in mind that for those of us who sit about 3 hours or more each day watching TV, we are 64% more likely to die from heart disease.
Those of us who exercise, out of the ones that sit in front of the TV for at least 3 hours a day, we are just as fat as those who do not.
For each hour you spend watching TV, it equals to about an 11% higher risk of death. This is one of those instances where knowing the truth can actually kill you.
Did you know?
If you go back to about a hundred years ago when most of us worked in fields, factories and spent less time sitting down, obesity was almost non-existent.
Now you know that sitting down all day can kill you you have to take some precautions. These include taking breaks in between long periods of sitting down and watching your posture. You may also consider using a stand-up desk from time to time as well. Hope these tips have been helpful.
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Did you Know? - Sitting down all day can kill you!
Most people are really surprised when they see some of the statistics behind the sitting down all day study. The truth is that the vast majority of us spend almost half of our days in the sitting down position. This is specially true for those who work in offices or driving all day. The best thing to do is try and follow many of the tips given here to help you avoid many of the dangers that come from sitting down all day. Who would of thought that something as simple as sitting down all day can actually end up hurting you or in some cases killing you!