Sitting is killing you
charting …. and then came Wealthy Affiliate. I can sit for many hours at my computer, completely absorbed, forgetting all about time, even ignoring numb feet and tingling sometimes.
So, not sitting down presents a problem – and I’m guessing that it would for many here on WA as well. I thought I’d post this article for those of you who also have a sitting problem, and for those who don't have a problem ... yet: http://www.medicalbillingandcoding.org/sitting-kills/
In summary, the article says that people with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs.
"As soon as you sit: * Electrical activity in your legs muscles shuts off ; * Calorie burning drops to 1 per minute ; * Enzymes that help burn fat drop 90% ; * Good cholesterol drops 20% after 2 hours"
The recommended 30 minutes of exercise / day is not enough, so, if you have a sitting job whether at home or at your place of employment, get up and walk around for a few minutes every so often (eg. every 30 minutes), run on a treadmill, do stretching exercises, madly dance around to music, whatever …..or drink
water! It's healthy and makes you get up and walk around quite a bit to use the bathroom and get more water.
Another alternative is to get a ‘standing desk’ and that is what I’m going to try next – I hate distractions. I can alternate between sitting and standing. Standing for long periods takes some getting used to and also has other health issues.
Don't wait until you have prolonged-sitting health issues - do something about it now.