Sitting is killing you.

Sitting is killing you.

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The “Sitting Is Killing You” Infographic Shows Just How Bad Prolonged Sitting Is

Melanie Pinola

Sitting is killing you. Numerous studies have pointed to the health risks of sitting all day, but here you have in one illustration how prolonged sitting affects our bodies and reminders to interrupt sitting time whenever possible.

The human body simply isn’t built to sit all day at a desk or for hours vegging out on the couch. Many of us spend more time sitting than sleeping. To avoid the health risks, we need not just 30 minutes of daily exercise, the infographic advises, but taking every opportunity to get up during the day.

You don’t need adopt a standing desk; there were many great suggestions offered by Lifehacker commenters recently on how to avoid sitting down all day, like placing important items (phone, copier) away from the desk.

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I’m sure sitting all the time isn’t good for us, but all this romanticization of how much healthier life was when people worked on their feet all day is heinous. I’m the first desk worker in my family, so I’ve been around people all my life who have the standing jobs. My mom worked all day in a textile mill and a job like that puts tremendous stress on your body — she had tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, hemorrhoids, back issues, not to mention a slew of other problems that I can’t remember off the top of my head. Point is, the working on her feet for 15 years left my mom completely bedridden by the time she was 40, so I’m really not buying how much greater it is to stand all day.

And LOL at the ‘we weren’t fat when we worked in fields/factories a hundred years ago’ trope. People also didn’t have access to enough food and usually spent their whole lives malnourished and vitamin-deprived, but that’s so much better than being overweight! (Edit comment)


promoted by regann

This. I think people (me included, definitely) should be encouraged to walk around a little every hour, as it seems clear from the science that’s pretty healthy. I’ve yet to see a study that standing 8-10 hours a day is great for your health, though. (Edit comment)

I feel really bad for all of those in wheelchairs who CAN’T stand up. according to this, their life expectancy is 15 more years….

yeah, not buying it. (Edit comment)

They also didn’t have access to cost cutting-bad-for-you additives such as High fructose corn syrup. Anywho, the point is sitting down being bad for you is true non the less. I wouldn’t suggest standing all day; a healthy balance of some movement throughout the day does do much better than hours of sitting. (Edit comment)


promoted by regann

I’m not buying into the standing cult either. I agree that sitting isn’t the ideal thing to do for prolonged periods of time, however, I’m not sure if it’s less harmful than a physically demanding job.

My mother worked at retail stores for the majority of my childhood. I remember her almost constant pain from being on her feet all day, on top of getting to and from the bus stop as part of her commute. I deal with a lot of crap at my desk job, but at least I don’t have physical reminders of how much working sucks. I am in fact not just grateful but relieved that I am comfortable while cranking out code. I embrace the wimpiness.

My father worked in the coal mines for several years. I’d say if it wasn’t for the lung problems that come with working in the mine, that job would have been the best possible for him. I think he probably put in 6 miles a day which is probably better than a retail job since the majority of time spent on his feet was used for walking rather than standing. (Edit comment)

I agree that moderation is key but this infographic is singing the praises of working in a field or factory all day which I think we can all agree sucks and is not the idyll it’s presented as. (Edit comment)

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