(above image courtesy the MedicalBillingandCoding.org)
Exercising in itself is a virtue for health. Everybody knows that, no matter how lazy!
But sitting down, is what actually makes all our exercise earned bonus points just go back to zero.
Contrary to popular belief, in-spite of an active lifestyle, you cannot reverse the negative aspects of sitting!
As per this elaborate article on The New York Times, sitting jobs actually lead to a heart disease, obesity, diabetes, certain cancers and early death, independently of whether you exercise regularly.
Sitting impacts your health in more ways than you know. Present day research has proof that sitting alters our natural body functions, actively leads to obesity, heart related disorders, and is a 100% contributor to decreasing both our health as well as lifespan.
So do yourself (and me) a favour, stand-up, move and herd around, every 20 minutes. Go for that tea-break now, but for God sakes, no fag breaks! As it is now known that Even light smoking may double your risk of sudden death.
Refer the (excellent) links below for further reference -
- The The New York Times article referenced above.
- Sitting and Standing at Work – Discusses the perils of over-sitting and standing.
- An excellent info-graphic at MedicalBillingandCoding.org (from which the above thumbnail is taken) will surely be an eye-opener for my chair loving brethren.
- The OSHA factsheet (PDF) which is useful for anyone who has a sedentary (sitting) job.