Friday, August 30, 2013

Do We Sit Too Much?

We're surrounded by it … technology. Because of technology, we've been seduced into a sedentary lifestyle. You can spend the majority of your day in a chair watching TV, working at a desk, playing video games, reading, banking … even shopping.

Our bodies are made to move! Two major contributing factors to the obesity epidemic in the US are lack of physical activity and SITTING too much. Here's the clincher, a recent study involving over 17,000 participants found that there is a strong relationship between sitting and all health causes of morality, even if you are exercising.

Scientists believe that too much sitting impairs the body's ability to deposit fat from the blood stream, which can lead to a greater chance of cardiovascular disease. In addition, they have found that too much sitting can impair the function of your good cholesterol.

The results indicate that your every other day gym routine does not cancel out the effects of too much sitting during the day.

Here's 5 ways you can break up your sitting periods:

  •          Stand up and move whenever you have a drink of water at work
  •          Stand up and talk on business phone calls
  •          Walk to a co-workers desk instead of emailing or calling him/her
  •          Take the stairs whenever you can
  •          When watching TV, get up and move during the commercials

It's time to start paying attention to the amount of time that we spend in our chairs. Don't let your hard work at the gym go down the drain because you sit the rest of the day. Get up and move for a healthier life.

is the author of the #1 Kindle Bestselling Young Adult novel, The Card. He's also a healthcare consultant specializing in helping healthcare companies and practices develop a social media marketing platform, and maximize cash flow. You can find him posting weekly to Indies Unlimited and occasionally as a contributor on Yahoo!


  1. I've been entertaining the idea of a stand-up desk or working while on the treadmill. When I was in the classroom, I was never at my desk when I was teaching, but now that I work from home, sitting is the name of the game, and that needs to change.

    1. Me too. I've never sat as much as I do now. Now I have to take breaks, go for a run in the middle of the day ... anything. Stand up desk might be cool.