The habit of “how long we sit at our desk” is becoming a trending topic. Studies are linking prolonged periods of sitting to an increase in the risk of hazardous health issues like heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. A more disconcerting note is that we may not be able to counter the risks by complimenting the habit with regular exercise.
It may be a little early to tell whether the research provides a valid link. However, regardless of the medical research, paying some attention to the data has merit. It’s obvious we currently exist within a very sedentary culture, and it’s continuing to get worse. The fact that we sit at a desk for 7 or 8 hours a day may not be the root cause but it’s certainly compounding what some might call a sitting epidemic. Let’s remove science from the equation and simply look at some basic facts in today’s culture:
Therefore, it is no wonder sitting has become a topic of concern. However, the problem is deeper than the time at your work desk – it’s linked to the culture of today. Like generations before us, a work day usually required people to be stuck at a desk for 7 – 8 hours (a fact likely not to change anytime soon), but that didn’t necessarily translate into the health issues now tied to “sitting at a desk”. It is the other factors in addition to the workday sitting (a necessary evil) that’s creating the problem.
It would make sense to pay some attention to your daily sitting habits (both mandatory and leisurely) and figure out how to reduce any patterns of extended sitting. If you can’t change your work situation maybe you can tweak it as well as revise some of your leisurely habits to reduce the amount of sitting. Some ideas to consider:
Make a commitment to turn off, plug out and thumb down when you can and let’s take back our health – and we don’t need any more research to tell us we should! For more ideas on things to do, visit our Activity Guide.
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