People evolved from living a mainly outdoor life to an indoor one. Whether it’s due to capitalism, or the digital age, this has gotten even more egregious.
There’s even a term for it now – sitting disease, and it influences our lives and health. You’ll probably find it hard to believe, but the average American spends 22 out of 24 hours being inactive. Of course, we may have different definitions of inactivity, but sitting at work, watching TV, sitting in your car, or at meals adds up to the infamous 22 hours of inactivity.
According to Martha Grogan, a cardiologist, people who sit all day increase their risk of a heart attack similar to that of a smoker. Even scarier is that 20% of deaths of people over 35 years old could be attributed to lack of activity. While 70% of full-time workers hate sitting all day, many aren’t sure what to do about it.
Studies have also shown that working on your feet would increase your productivity by 10%. Standing desks have become an ergonomic way to adjust posture at work. Why not give it a go? You have nothing to lose, and you can reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular decay, and death. Sitting isn’t one of them, but you should check out top ten death causes in the US!