Watch this video by Dr. Mercola
If you’re like most people, you spend a vast
majority of your day sitting down—in your office, commuting to and from work, watching TV in the evening... Research1
shows that the average American spends nine to 10 hours of their day sitting.
Certain occupations, such as telecommunications
employees spend an average of 12 hours sitting each day. I was certainly in that group and for 15 years was sitting more than 12 hours a day. And, the more sedentary you are at work, the more sedentary you will tend to be at home as well.
Thankfully, last year, the evidence became overwhelmingly compelling and I have essentially eliminated 95 percent of my sitting. I found that merely getting up for a few minutes even six times an hour would not help
eliminate my back pain but stopping sitting altogether did.
Even on weekends, the average person sits for eight hours. This behavior can be more problematic than you might think, as the human body
was designed to be in more or less constant movement throughout the day.
I really wasn’t aware of this prior to last
year, but the evidence shows that prolonged sitting actively promotes dozens of chronic diseases, including overweight and type 2 diabetes, even if you’re very fit. This is really highly counterintuitive as it would seem physically fit people could get
away with sitting.
However, research shows that maintaining a regular fitness regimen cannot counteract the accumulated
ill effects of sitting eight to 12 hours a day in between bouts of exercise. This is very strong evidence to seriously consider eliminating as much sitting as you can.
Sitting really is the new smoking and it increases your rate of lung cancer by over 50 percent. Who would have known that sitting is far more dangerous than second hand smoke?