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Why Sitting is So Unhealthy

Posted by Applied Ergonomics on

More and more studies are being done about one unhealthy habit almost all office workers are guilty of: sitting for hours and hours on end. It turns out that sitting can actually contribute to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other potential fatal health problems. By why is sitting so unhealthy?

How It’s Affecting Your Health

It’s not so much the act of sitting as it is the sedentary lifestyle that goes with it. Many of us are guilty of sitting when we eat, while we work, when we’re relaxing at home, and we’re even sitting when we’re driving a car. The lack of movement isn’t doing anything to exercise our muscles or promote good cardiovascular health. All of this lack of movement is making more of us sick.

What You Can Do About It

Offices are where we’re doing the majority of our sitting, which workdays reaching 8, 9 or even 10 hours of sitting with few breaks. Fortunately, the dangers of sitting are gaining attention and more offices are installing computer workstations that allow the users to sit or stand and human resources teams are encouraging more breaks and healthy lifestyles. Even if your office isn’t catching on to the anti-sitting trend yet, you can still do plenty to help yourself. Take your breaks and use them to walk, stretch, and move around as much as possible. A workout during lunch can help, too.

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