A co-worker from a previous desk job sent me this link, “Sitting is Killing You: The Truth About Sitting Down.” Have you seen this article?
Here are some quick stats:
- people sit for an average of 9.3 hours/day
- 1 in 3 Americans is obese
- between 1980 and 2000, sitting time increased and obesity doubled
- people with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs
- you only burn 1 calorie/minute when sitting
- you burn 3-5 calories/minute when walking
- If you have a sitting job, take every opportunity to stand up and walk around!
And I thought this was an interesting fact:
Please click through to read more about Sitting is Killing You.
Sometimes I say, “My feet hurt!” And they don’t actually hurt as in “injury”, but they ache from hours of standing.
- My feet ache because I have an active lifestyle.
- My feet ache because I have the ability to bike, run, and practice yoga.
- My feet ache because I stand on them for the majority of my waking hours.
- My feet ache because I don’t have a desk job.
I’m thankful that my feet ache.
And one thing’s for sure: I can’t remember the last time my butt fell asleep.
I need new shoes, but I’ll leave that topic for another day. I’m off to ride my bike!
Do you have a desk job, or a job where you stand for most of the day?
If you sit most of the day for work, do you stand up and walk around or exercise during the day? Any good tips to stay active?