“We’re sitting ourselves to death!”
After 15 years of research, Dr. James Levins of the National Institutes of Health made headlines when he announced “sitting is the new smoking.” According to Dr. Levins, sitting for prolonged hours leads to obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can also increase the likelihood of developing certain forms of cancer. If you’re one of the 70% of Americans with a desk job, this is really bad news. We have gathered some articles to help address this troubling reality.
When you hear how bad sitting is for you, the answer might seem clear: Just stand up! Unfortunately, despite the rise of standing desks, just standing in place won’t save you from the side effects of sitting. What’s more, even exercising after work isn’t enough to regain your health. It’s time we face the hard truth about our sedentary lifestyle.
The secret to saving ourselves from the drawbacks of sitting isn’t standing in place; it’s moving! Our bodies are meant to be moving around, but most of us have jobs the require we work at a computer all day, every day. A treadmill desk would be nice, but it’s not feasible for most of us. Instead, why not adopt these simple strategies to get your body moving throughout the day, no weight room required.
The name might be silly, but the results are real. Deskercises, or exercises you do at your desk, can seriously help you move more, sit less, and make up for the time you can’t get to the gym. Create an office workout routine with these easy exercises. You’ll feel better, and you won’t even have to shower afterward!
Just For Fun: If it Fits, I Sits
So, humans love to sit. Do you know who else really likes sitting? Pets. Cat and dogs love to find unusual places to sit and relax, even if those places aren’t the most comfortable locations. Have a laugh with these adorable animals that embody the concept of “If it fits, I sits.”
Keep on moving!