The benefits of being physically active have been known for a long time, however recently, I’ve begun to stumble across articles on something referred to as “sitting disease”.
The term has become a common way to cluster all the negative health outcomes associated with sitting too much. This includes the time we spend sitting in our cars on the way to work, sitting at our desks earning a paycheck, the commute home, and finally, sitting in front of the television to recover from a full day of, well, SITTING.
I’m As Guilty As Anyone:
I like to think that I’m physically active. I work out 2-3 times a week. I run regularly. I’ve even run 6 half marathons and 1 marathon in the last 4 years! But it seems that all of that focused practice and training just doesn’t counteract the fact that on average, I spend most of my day sitting!
In other words, the 2-3 times a week that I spend working out has diminishing returns in terms of benefits to my overall health. In fact, judging by some of what I’ve read, I’d probably be better off simply making it a point to get up and walk around the office more often!
There are hundreds, if not thousands of articles out there detailing the benefits of getting up and moving around. Specifically, I found the following articles and infographics to be especially helpful.
- Daily Infographic: Sitting is Killing You
- Readers’ Digest: Rise Up Against Sitting Disease
- Harvard Business Review:Sitting is the Smoking of Our Generation
- Mayo Clinic: What Are the Risks of Sitting Too Much?
- NPR: Stand Up, Walk Around, Even Just For ’20 Minutes’
So what do we – errr – I do???
All of this reminded me of a video that Dr. Michael Evans posted a while back on YouTube. I’ve posted it below. The premise of this video is that we should limit our sitting and sleeping to at most, 23 ½ hours a day. That sounds reasonable, right?
The video below is about 10 minutes long, and is perfect for team meetings, training sessions, wellness fairs, etc. If you need a shorter video, Dr. Evans has a version that is approximately 5 minutes long, and it’s located here.
That’s all for this week; I’ve just spent 40 minutes sitting to write this post.
Time to go for a walk.