The ticking clock and furious patter of computer keys are staples in offices around the world. Regardless of specific business, offices share many similarities. One such similarity is a sedentary culture and studies show all that sitting is taking a major toll on employee health.
Sitting is shortening your life – From the driver’s seat to the office chair and then the couch at home, human beings are spending more time seated than ever, and researchers say it’s wreaking havoc on our bodies. The Los Angeles Times recently interviewed Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk. Levine has been studying the adverse effects of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles for years and has summed up his findings in two sentences.
“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”
Levine is credited with coining that mantra – “sitting is the new smoking” – but he’s not the only one who believes it. Researchers have found and continue to find evidence that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing several serious illnesses like various types of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
In conclusion try to limit the amount of time spent sitting down. If you need to sit for prolonged amounts of time set an alarm that makes you get up every 20-30 minutes and move your body. Increase the blood flow to your brain by taking a quick walk or simply doing a series of gentle stretches. You will find that you will function better throughout the day and for longer.
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