We should have known this a long time ago — sitting for a long time is bad for your health. I was alarmed because I have been sitting for at least ten hours per day for the past six months because of my online job. I started to gain 20 lbs, then 30 lbs now, my back is aching regularly and my feet start to feel weak.
I read this article today in one of my favorite sites Zen Habits:
Here’s the evidence about what sitting can do to you:
- Multiple medical studies (like this one in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise and this one in the American Journal of Epidemiology) have shown that sitting greatly increases the rate of all-cause mortality, especially from causes including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. In particular, that first study showed that people who sit for most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks.
- Even if you exercise, the longer you sit the greater the chances you will die.
- Sitting shuts down the circulation of a fat-absorbing enzyme called lipase. In another study, scientists found that standing up engages muscles and promotes the distribution of lipase, which prompts the body to process fat and cholesterol, independent of the amount of time spent exercising.