Adults and Sitting

Adults and Sitting

Average American sits more than 8 hours per day, which increases the risk of dying from a heart attack by 54 percent.  

Sitting makes us fat.  Between 1980 and 2000:  Exercise rates stayed the same, sitting time increased by 8 percent and obesity rate in the US doubled.  

Negative side effects of sitting are instant:  The moment you sit down the electrical ativity in your legs stops, calorie burning drops to 1 calorie per minute and the enzymes that break down fats drops by 90%.  2 hours after sitting your good cholesterol drops by 20% and 24 hours after insulin effectiveness drops by 24%, increasing the risk of diabetes type 2.  

People with sitting jobs have double the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in their lifetime.  

People who watch 3+ hours of tv per day increase their risk of heart disease by 64%


Interrupt sitting as much as possible.  

  1. stretch it out
  2. march or walk in place 
  3. jumping jacks 
  4. Opt for a standing desk 


Walking burns 3-5x the amount of calories that sitting does. 


When watching tv, do 1 of the following: 

  1. stretch
  2. plank/core work 
  3. walk in place or do jumping jacks during commercial breaks 

The human body is not meant for prolonged sitting.  


Stand up for your right to stand!