Why sitting all day is just as bad as smoking.
There’s even more of a reason to take breaks at work than ever before.
Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with several health concerns, including obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Sedentary lifestyles are also known to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Combined, the dangers of sitting are just as bad as smoking, considering that the average American sits about nine hours a day.
Being mindful of how long you sit can help you recognize patterns of inactivity. Sitting at your desk, sitting behind the wheel, and lounging on the couch in front of the TV or your phone all add up. The impact of any extra movement added to your day can make a dramatic difference. Standing while talking on the phone, choosing the farthest parking spot from the building, and frequent breaks to move around help burn calories and increase energy – making you feel better and healthier in the long run.