Being someone who is fairly active this bit of information came as a bit of a shock. I’m no couch potato, but I do sit in front of a computer, sometimes for hours on end. Check out these statistics and you may want to get up and walk around.
As soon as you sit:
• Electrical activity in the leg muscles shuts off
• Calorie burning drops to 1 per minute
• Enzymes that help break down fat drop 90%
• After 2 hrs. good cholesterol drops to 20%
• After 24 hrs. insulin effectiveness drops 24% and the risk of diabetes rises
• People with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs
• People, today, are sitting on average 9.2 hrs. a day, while sleeping 7.7 hrs. a day
• Sitting 6+ hrs. a day makes you up to 40% likelier to die within 15 yrs. than someone who sits less than 3 hrs. a day
• Obese people sit for 2.5 MORE hrs. per day than thin people
• Between 1980 and 2000:
—exercise rates stayed the same
—sitting time increased 8%
• Sitting expends almost no energy
• Walking burns 3-5 times the calories that sitting does
• Of those who sit in front of the TV at least 3 hrs. per day, those who exercise are just as fat as those who don’t
Look, we all have to work and most of us have to sit. You can help deter the effects of long-term sitting by standing up at least once an hour and taking a short walk, even if it’s down the hall or around the office.
To put it simply—
STAND UP FOR YOURSELF!
Sheri Barnes is a Fitness Coach & Trainer, Speaker and Author. Her new book—MAMA KNOWS FITNESS: Bells, Balance & Your Body helps you find time in your life to exercise through a fast and effective exercise medium—KETTLEBELLS. Visit www.mamaknowsfitness.com to learn more or call 215.880.4704 if interested in training, coaching or to schedule a speaking engagement.