Sitting is not the new smoking – it’s actually worse – experts are saying now.
That’s why you should take a stand and not a seat, and take a stand should be on everyone’s to-do list – every day, in fact, every hour of your waking day.
Take a moment to think about how many hours a day you and the kids spend sitting down. I know this varies from day to day, and some of you may have problems remembering, but this is something you will want to keep tabs on.
Take a Stand
I’m currently touring the Sunshine Coast of Australia telling the locals to Take a Stand: Win the War Against Sitting.
Because there’s in excess of 10,000 scientific papers published over the past 15 years on sitting harm, and more new evidence in women is linking prolonged sitting to common female cancers.
On that note ladies – it’s time to get off your booty and take a stand!
The evidence alone should make you jump up, jump back and do The Loco-motion with me.
But I’m not so confident that you’re swinging your hips now, as the average sit time, for adult Australian men and women, has climbed to 15 hours a day! And that’s not including sleeping. This equates to 90% of a persons waking day!
How does this compare to your sit time?
Have you ever wondered what happens to your body after you sit down? Or when you spend too much time on your rumps?
I created an infographic to show the effects of sitting, from immediately when you sit down right through to 10-20 years of sitting for 6-hours a day. The content was based on an article by Thorin Klosowski and a YouTube video by AsapSCIENCE.
It has a simple call to action – Stop sitting, start standing. The idea came to me when I saw the Stop Smoking Start Repairing – Health Benefits campaign poster advertisement by Quitline.
A new study published in the European Heart Journal last week gives light to the benefits of standing on a person’s health when you swap sitting for standing or walking for just a couple of hours a day.
I’m stoked that my infographic is starting to answer peoples questions.
Jacqui Broesky was wondering if standing more could help conquer some of the genetic predisposition she has to heart disease, as her father at age 59 died unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. Her dad was a truck driver and spent much of his day sitting.
Jacqui Miyabayashi, a 43 year-old marketing consultant, spends hours at her desk in front of the computer or in meetings in cafes or over skype. It was only when she met me online that she realised she was spending the vast part of the day sitting. She wanted to know if she can be a bit overweight and still be relatively healthy, or if she’s desperately unhealthy and it’s caused by her weight. She recently had a head-to-toe medical which revealed she has high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Perhaps sitting could be the cause of her excess weight and high blood pressure?
Please note that I’m not saying that we should stop sitting altogether. Although life according to Dan Kios on his month without sitting is an interesting read.
Rather, implement regular standing breaks throughout your day to help reverse sitting disease.
Could we start to think of sitting in the reverse? That we sit to recover from being on our feet all day.
I posed that question on a YouTube video which helped transform me into a stand-up person this year. It took me about 5 months to sit for only 3 hours a day.
I’m not saying you have to become a stand-up person, but wouldn’t you agree, that spending 2-minutes being vertical – say every 30-45-minutes, or 10 minutes out of every hour – is not an arduous mission?
I’m simply saying – break up your sitting time throughout your day – and you’ll possibly save yourself from an alphabet soup of chronic diseases and conditions associated with sitting.
Take a Stand now and do the 30:2
30-minutes of sitting : 2-minutes of standing.
But don’t just stand there. This is your opportunity to move a little or a lot.
(Come on baby, do the Loco-motion)
You’ll soon be sitting less, standing more and moving more each and every hour of your waking day!
(Come on baby, do the Loco-motion)
This is working on your stand-up health and combating sitting disease! Start your mini-MOVEment today and let me know how you go.
Why not download Stop Sitting Start Standing poster for the home or office noticeboard today – you might just start a mini-MOVEment…
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