How Sitting Hours a Day Is Cutting Your Life Short and the Surprising Solution

Stressed businesswoman sitting at desk in the officeHow much do you sit throughout the day? Sitting for more than three hours daily can cause weight gain, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and host of other health problems. Studies from the United States, Canada, and Australia have linked a sedentary lifestyle with premature death. And if you’re thinking, Well, I exercise, so I’m safe; unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Regular physical activity does not compensate for all the damage prolonged sitting does to the human body.

Despite the detrimental side-effects living a sedentary lifestyle has on one’s health, most are not going to do anything drastic about it like change careers, commute by bike or walking, or cancel their cable service. And that’s not necessary. A small change — using a sit-stand desk, for instance — can make a huge difference.

If you work at home, bring your work home, study, or otherwise spend a significant amount of time sitting at a desk, using one that allows you to sit and stand can vastly improve your health. When you stand, you use certain muscles that help break down specific sugars and fats within the body. While sitting, this process becomes dangerously inert. Stand again, and you jumpstart it back into motion.

Physical activity is a must, as well. However, unless something is done about the prolonged sitting, the health risks still remain. Fortunately, it’s easy and inexpensive to create your own ergonomic sit-stand desk. CustomMade has a resourceful article and easy guide to making DIY sit-stand desks, treadmill desks, and more. Check it out and begin reaping those health benefits and losing weight without sitting on another minute!

DIY Desk

DIY Desk
Infographic by CustomMade

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About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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