We average 9.3 hours a day. And it’s lethal.

Chairs - Geraldo de Barros

Sitting is the Smoking of our Generation:

  • I find myself, probably like many of you, spending way too much time in front of my computer.
  • As we work, we sit more than we do anything else. We’re averaging 9.3 hours a day, compared to 7.7 hours of sleeping.
  • Sitting is so prevalent and so pervasive that we don’t even question how much we’re doing it. I’ve come to see that sitting is the smoking of our generation.
  • Of course, health studies conclude that people should sit less, and get up and move around. After 1 hour of sitting, the production of enzymes that burn fat declines by as much as 90%.
  • Research shows that this lack of physical activity is directly tied to 6% of the impact for heart diseases, 7% for type 2 diabetes, and 10% for breast cancer, or colon cancer.
  • You might already know that the death rate associated with obesity in the US is now 35 million. But do you know what it is in relationship to Tobacco? Just 3.5 million.
  • A doctor is quoted as saying that excessive sitting, which he defines as nine hours a day, is a lethal activity.

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Comments

  1. Guilty! It’s playoff weekend and I will be on the couch watching the games. I know I will be doing a lot of jumping up and down, so I will turn it into jumping jacks. We all need to heed the warnings of too much sitting.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  2. Ironically, I recently heard a piece about the incredibly negative consequences of sitting for too long. Which made me stand up while typing away on my laptop…which made me bend over and strain my back. Just kidding – it makes total sense. Excuse me while I go boogie my way to the coffee-maker.

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  3. Not to mention how sitting must also be to blame for lower back problems and poor circulation! This hits home for me I’m sad to admit….

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  4. I, too, have recently been reading a lot about the evils of extended sitting. David, I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve taken the liberty of placing an order for you. Should arrive next week..;-)

    http://www.amazon.com/Trek-TD-01-TrekDesk-Treadmill-Desk/dp/B002IYRBI0

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  5. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

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  6. I’ve been hearing this all over, a Harmonic Convergence. The Big Bang of Sitting. I think I’ll get up now.

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  7. Sad but true.

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  8. “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Nietzsche

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  9. Oh, that’s horrible…and that is so me…too much sitting in front of the computer, for work and everything else…and too little sleep. Sometimes I think the only thing that saves me is my dog, who makes me get up at least 30 times a day to go out the back door, in the back door, out the front door, in the front door, run after her toy, leap for her toy…yes, Bella saves me. No wonder I love her so much. 🙂

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  10. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    Okay. Okay. I’m going. Running.
    I keep saying I’ll just check ONE MORE THING online before I go.
    I’m out of here now…

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  11. I’m standing up at my keyboard as I type this so I should be okay. 😉

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  12. While sitting may be an issue, I think you may have to add food choices in there as well to really rise to the level of damage that smoking does. Our poor food choices of processed, nutrition-deficient items cause so much stress to our bodies! I think sitting pales in comparison.

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  13. Wow pretty powerful information David, thanks for passing this along. I am going to get out of my office more often during the day.

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  14. So true. And people do t realize what they are missing out on by not walking everyday or using public transportation. I love it. But I love to be right in the middle of life and it’s energy because I know it is but a fleeting moment to be human. Very good reminder my friend.

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  15. I’m thinking of getting one of those tall computer tables so I could stand more.

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  16. Two degrees of separation! The post you curated was written by friend/mentor/client Nilofer Merchant. I think you’ll like this post of her recent TEDx talk as well; http://nilofermerchant.com/2013/01/17/onlyness-the-topic-and-the-talk-at-tedxhouston/

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  17. Alex Jones says:

    The body is designed to be active, so I can understand the problems sitting can bring when done to excess.

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  18. Sitting and smoking…double whammy to the health plan.

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  19. Very informative I must say. This line “Sitting is the Smoking of our Generation” worked for me. I will be careful from now.

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