Stand Up!

Sitting is Smoking

So, you’re on your way to work and you are sitting in your car. Once you get to work., you’ll sit. So how long do you think you’ll be on your tush? Believe it or not, we sit more than anything else!

We're averaging 9.3 hours a day, compared to 7.7 hours of sleeping.  We sit sooooo much we don't even question how much we're doing it. And, everyone else is doing it also, so it doesn't even occur to us that it's not okay. In that way, I've come to see that sitting is the smoking of our generation.

Of course, health studies conclude that people should sit less, and get up and move around

After 1 hour of sitting, the production of enzymes that burn fat declines by as much as 90%. +Extended sitting slows the body's metabolism affecting things like (good cholesterol) HDL levels in our bodies. Research shows that this lack of physical activity is directly tied to 6% of the impact for heart diseases, 7% for type 2 diabetes, and 10% for breast cancer, or color cancer.   +Doctors are realizing that excessive sitting, which he defines as nine hours a day, is a lethal activity.