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Your Body's Biggest Enemy: SITTING
The dangers of living a sedentary life: Learn how to ward off the nasty effects of a new epidemic called Sitting Disease
You might not want to take the following stat sitting down: According to a poll of nearly 6,300 people by the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, it's likely that you spend a stunning 56 hours a week planted like a geranium—staring at your computer screen, working the steering wheel, or collapsed in a heap in front of your high-def TV. And it turns out women may be more sedentary than men, since they tend to play fewer sports and hold less active jobs.
Even if you think you are energetic, sitting all day at work is common for most of us. And it's killing us—literally—by way of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. All this downtime is so unhealthy that it's given birth to a new area of medical study called inactivity physiology, which explores the effects of our increasingly butt-bound, tech-driven lives, as well as a deadly new epidemic researchers have dubbed "sitting disease."
All the sitting people do contributes to the extra and unhealthy weight roughly two-thirds of us are carrying around. This unhealthy weight in turn greatly increases the risk of many unpleasant diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
1. Lose up to 70 lbs. in a year without intense dieting
2. Harvard Medical School - Reduces Sress and Depression
3. National Institutes for Health - Reduce the Risk of Cancers by 30-70%
4. University of Illinois - Increases memory and cognitive abilities as much as 15%
5. The American Heart Association - Reduces the risk of initial heart attacks by 90%
6. Strenghens the immune system, prevents disease and restores health.
7. Requires no extra time, effort, or motivation.
8. Improves overal mood and wards off mild depression without medication
9. Promotos significant weight loss and control of appetite.
10. Improves blood flow to the brain increases productivity.
The Surgeon General recommend a minimum of 10,000 step a day! In order for you to get 10,000 steps in per day, you will need to walk about 5 miles. It may seem very difficult to get to 5 miles per day with all of the other things to take care of in our busy lives, but you can acheive this number with just 3 hours on a SmartDesk Treadmill Desk.
According to the Mayo Clinic study, the average person burned 100 extra calories every hour while walking slowly at 1 mile per hour rather than sitting in a chair.
Dr. Levine of the Mayo Clinic believes that if individuals were to replace 8 hours a day of sitting at their "normal" desk with a Treadmill Desk, and if other components of energy balance were constant, a weight loss of 57 pounds a year could occur.
Research being conducted by James Levine, M.D. at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester has begun to reveal the many benefits of walking and standing throughout the day instead of sitting. His work has shown that standing and walking can increase daily calorie expenditure in a way that will contribute to improved measures of health and weight. Just standing in place will cause you to burn 20 calories per hour more than sitting. Some offices are being equipped with special walkstations so workers who spend hours in front of a computer can walk slowly (as slow as 1 MPH will do it) while continuing to walk as they would if they were sitting at a traditional workstation. These offices are also working to facilitate the holding of meetings while walking instead of sitting. For a person walking at the leisurely pace of 1 MPH that translates into 100 to 130 calories/hour more than sitting and for an 8 hour day this potentially could lead to losing 40 pounds per year.
I have been experimenting with this standing approach to daily living during the business day. I have found that it contributes to my 18,333 daily step goal. As I stand I tend to move about and surely add to my step count. My personal experience has shown that this number of steps and now adding 20 calories per hour more by standing instead of sitting is helping me to maintain my healthy weight by burning all of the calories I consume each day. Given that I am now at a healthy weight my primary goal is to remain in what is referred to as a net zero state of calorie balance so that I just maintain the 45 pounds I have lost over the years.