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Sitting is Killing You

Sitting is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and death.

It’s estimated that obese people sit for 2.5 hours more than slim people on any given day.

It’s what happens to our bodies when we sit down that encourages obesity and obesity-related diseases.

When we sit:

  • Electrical activity in the legs shuts down
  • Enzymes that help break down fat decrease by 90 percent
  • Calorie burning drops to one per minute

If you sit during your work, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease is twice that of someone who stands on the job. Also, sitting 6+ hours per day makes you up to 40 percent likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits fewer than 3 hours, even if you exercise. Sitting may be as deadly as smoking.

For many people, finding a standing job just isn’t an option. But there are simple ways to reduce your down time. Start by standing. Find a way to elevate your keyboard and mouse pad and STAND to do your work. If you work at home, get a standing desk. If you must sit, get a quality ergonomic office chair.

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