We live in an era whereby more and more people are in jobs where they’re sat for hours on end in an office at a desk or in meetings, and with the progression of technology to fire off an email or pick up the phone, the need to get up and see someone is being evermore reduced. However, all this sitting around may not be so good for you.
If you think about how much of the day you’re sitting down, you may think it’s not that much, but really think. On average, adults get around 6 hours sleep a night. That leaves 18 hours in the day. An 8 hour working day from 8.30am to 5.30am whereby you’re mostly sitting, plus lunch where again, you may be sitting, that already gives 9 hours of sitting. Add a 2 hour commute where you’re lucky enough to get a seat, and you’ve already hit the magic number of 11 hours of sitting. Add in the TV watching back home, and you’re well past that.
There was a study with 200,000 people that found if you’re sitting for more than that magic number: 11 hours a day, then you’re more than 40% likely to have an early death, compared to anyone that sits for less than 4 hours a day.
When you sit, your fat breaking enzymes suddenly stop working, and you’re only left with about 10% active from the original amount. The good kind of cholesterol, as well as your insulin also drops, whilst your blood pressure rises. You get increased pressure on your spine and neck, as well as getting an increased risk of blood clots forming in your brain. As if that weren’t enough, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, are among the other things which you’re at increased risk to.
Does that scare you? Because it certainly scares me. Next time you’re sat at your desk and need to speak to someone, just think about going over to them, and going for a short walk during your lunch break – it might really help!