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Stand at Your Computer and Live Longer
More dour by the hour...
How many hours a day do you sit?
Sitting 6+ hours per day will raise your chance of dying in the next 15 years by a massive 40%.
And research shows that not even exercise can offset the negative effects of prolonged and regular sitting.
The only solution — Sit less
Length of sit governs size of seat
How overweight are you?
Sitting makes us fat.
Over the past three decades, exercise rates have stayed about the same, but the time we spend sitting has increased by approximately 10%
Obesity has doubled
Keep reading to discover some alternatives to sitting
It's time to take a stand when...
You suffer pain in which area most while sitting at your computer
Did you Know
Sitting can place stress on the neck, shoulders, lumber region and circulatory vessels.
Stress can lead to pain. Pain increases the production of cortisol in the body. Prolonged higher levels of cortisol in the bloodstream have negative effects;
- Suppressed thyroid function
- Decreased muscle tissue
- Decreased bone density
- Increased abdominal fat
- Higher blood pressure
- Lowered immunity
How many hours do you watch on average per day
The Heart of the Matter
Those who sit three hours or more per day watching TV are 64% more likely to die from heart disease.
Of those who sit in front of the TV three hours per day, those who exercise are just as overweight as those who don't
Every extra hour over the three spent watching TV, equates to an 11% higher death risk.
What form of exercise appeals to you most
Get off your Butt
In the past it was recommended to do thirty minutes of exercise to offset the effect of sitting.
Now we know that's not the secret.
The secret: eliminate, minimise and interrupt sitting as much as possible.
Even standing increases calorie burn ten times that of sitting
What method of reducing your sitting time will you use?
The best option, if possible, is to stand rather than sit. Advantages include:
- Reduced stress on the body
- Improved circulatory systems
- Increased muscle mass and tone
- Improved posture
If unable to stand, other options include:
- Purchase an ergonomic seat
- Every hour get active for 15 minutes
- Alternate sitting and standing