on Career Authors:
If you’re a writer, then you probably sit behind a computer pretty much all day. It turns out, my friends, that this is a big problem for your health, your posture, and your mental well-being. Are you curious why, then get up out of your chair and read this article.
Sitting is the New Smoking
Lots of studies have been done recently on the impact of living a sedentary lifestyle and the negative effects of prolonged sitting. Instead of quoting medical journals, I’ll just hit the highlights:
- Prolonged sitting is associated with the an increased risk for over 30 chronic diseases including diabetes, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, deep vein thrombosis, Alzheimers, kidney disease, and metabolic syndrome.
- Prolonged sitting negatively impacts our posture, creates back pain, and promotes muscle and ligament shortening and tightness which causes joint pain.
- People who sit longer than 6 hours a day uninterrupted are 40% more likely to die prematurely in the next 15 years.
Okay, too much sitting is bad, but I don’t sit that much do I?
You probably sit many more hours than you think you do. Don’t believe me, take a look at this breakdown and see if it might mirror your average day. I was shocked how quickly the sitting hours add up.