You know that eating right and exercising is important for your health. You also know that being successful in your career is important for your happiness. So you work hard, take care of your body, and have been moving up the corporate ladder. But guess what; that day job of yours that has you locked behind a desk sitting down all day could be killing you. According to the Atlantic, referencing a study in the Articles of Internal Medicine, people who sit the most die the soonest. Read on to learn why sitting down is bad for your health:
“Healthy or sick, active or inactive, the more people sat, the more likely they were to die in the next three years. Physical activity did reduce this risk significantly: the 40% higher death risk found when comparing people who sat the most to those who sat the least increased to 100% when comparing those who sat the most and exercised the least to those who sat the least and exercised the most. But while the death risk was much lower for anyone who exercised five hours a week or more, it still rose as these active people sat longer.
In other words, people still need to exercise, but it’s also important to spend less time sitting.
An accompanying editorial suggests that the evidence is now strong enough that doctors should prescribe reduced sitting time to their patients. But there’s no reason that people can’t be proactive and write their own prescription here.”
For years fitness magazines have offered tips on how to exercise while sitting down at the office, but it seems that the more important thing to do is just sit less. So how can you do that? Get up frequently throughout the day to take a walk, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. Or even better, try a standing workstation. You’ll be able to get your work done while protecting your health at the same time.