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Spending More Time Sitting Can Be Dangerous To Your Health

Updated on April 10, 2012
Sitting for Long Periods Is as Dangerous as Smoking
Sitting for Long Periods Is as Dangerous as Smoking | Source

Sitting can lead to a shorter life

Eight hours a day and 5 days a week is the usual time we spend for work. Sitting down is what most of us do the entire day. Did you know that spending all day in front of your desk can be dangerous to your health? Would you believe that sitting can be the worst thing we do for our health each day? Studies show that people who spend most of their time sitting has a higher possibility of risk dying from any cause than those people who spend most of their time on their feet.

I have read an article from Yahoo She Philippines that people who sat more than 8 hours a day have a 15 percent chance of dying and those who sat more than 11 hours a day have a 40 percent chance of dying. This was based on the result after studying more than 220,000 Australians, who are enrolled in the study. For three years they were monitored calculating how much time they spent sitting.

And then I found these very convincing and full of information graphically organized stats from Mashable Tech. It helps me understand why sitting is unhealthy.

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Just How Dangerous Is Sitting All Day?  [Infographic]
Just How Dangerous Is Sitting All Day? [Infographic] | Source

Sitting makes us fat. Sitting is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even early death. But sometimes, our job pushes us to sit for long periods of time.

So here are 2 things we can do:

Regular morning exercise

As you wake up, try to do some stretching or simple exercise like jogging for 10 to 15 minutes. It will give you energy. Lack of exercise and physical activity causes harm. So, start your day right, exercise!

At work, schedule several breaks

To keep your blood circulate, take time to stand up and walk. Stretching and climbing the stairs are just few things you can do in your workplace.

As much as possible, try to limit the time you spend sitting. Look for some activity that interest you and you enjoy doing. On your free time you can do shopping or window shopping, gardening, playing sports, walking with your pet and strolling around the park/street.

Share this information to your loved ones for them to be aware.

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Good hub, with good advice. I had a sit-down office job for years, and made sure to do yoga and take my dog for a walk in the park every morning before I went to work. I could feel the difference on the days I missed doing that routine. Exercise is the most important thing that you can do to maintain your health, especially as you get older.

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      Lor M 5 years ago from Philippines

      I also have a sit down job but not in the office since am working at home. So glad to hear your routine...keep it up! Thanks for commenting, mperrottet! Stay healthy!

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      Juliette Kando 5 years ago from Andalusia

      Watch this video by Juliette Kando for the full story on how sitting on chairs can damage your health. It's called

      "Are You Chair Shaped?"

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDxBoMTHtVk

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      Lor M 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for sharing Sue! I will definitely watch this video.

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      Lor M 5 years ago from Philippines

      Just watched the video and Juliette is amazing! Glad you share the video with us. :)

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      Juliette Kando 5 years ago from Andalusia

      Here is another relevant video well worth watching by the same teacher:

      "Ergonomic Comfort At Work"

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n25DxLe7VKw

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yikes I am going to start getting up more and taking breaks, thanks for the useful information about the impact of sitting for long periods of time.

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      Lor M 5 years ago from Philippines

      I think I should try sitting on the floor while working. It is more comfortable and relaxing. Thanks again Sue! :)

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      Lor M 5 years ago from Philippines

      I felt exactly the same way myself when I found out about this. I should work out, stand and walk more. Thanks for your comment Christy!

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      Felina Margetty 5 years ago from New York, New York

      OMG this is a seriously informative hub on dangers that I never considered before. Thanks for this one. Felina

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      Lor M 5 years ago from Philippines

      I never thought sitting would be dangerous until I have read an article from yahoo. Thanks for the comment Felina.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Too much sitting indeed is harmful just like anything else, do it in moderation. So, now I'm standing by the kitchen counter top and typing this. (:-I like your graphics. Voted useful and sharing.

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      Lor M 4 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks so much Cris!

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