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Sitting is Death. Movement is Life.

Posted on 2015-12-02

"Life boils down to one thing; it’s movement. To live is to keep moving." Though he’s a comedian, Jerry Seinfeld could not have made a more serious point. Movement is life. Sitting is death.

More and more studies reveal that stagnant sitting is dangerous to health-maybe just as bad as smoking. In 2011, researcher Alpha Patel observed that men who sat for more than six hours a day had a 20 percent higher death rate than those who sat for three hours or less.

Another study demonstrated that men who sat for 23 or more hours a week had a 64 percent greater chance of dying from heart disease than men who sat for 11 hours per week or less.

Sitting is death. Movement is life. Even just walking can greatly reduce the risks associated with sitting. A study reported by the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated how walking 2 miles a day could reduce the risk of death by almost 50 percent.

The Surgeon General recommends 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. An approximate equivalent of this goal is walking 10,000 steps a day. These steps can be taken out of doors or on a treadmill. With a treadmill desk, these steps can even be taken while you work, helping you avoid sitting as much as possible.

You can also incorporate steps into your daily routine. Here are some suggestions:

  • If you have to drive, park at the far end of the parking lot.
  • Drink from the water fountain rather than a bottle. You can set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget.
  • Walk while you take phone calls.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Yes, sitting is comfortable and walking can seem like a hassle, but it is well worth it. Remember, sitting is death. Movement is life.