Sitting is the New Smoking
The Ways a Sedentary Lifestyle Is Killing You
By: The Active Times
The ticking clock and furious patter of computer keys are staples in offices around the world. Regardless of the specific business, offices share many similarities. One such similarity is a sedentary culture, and studies show that all that sitting is taking a major toll on employee health.
From the driver’s seat to the office chair and then the couch at home, Americans are spending more time seated than ever, and researchers say it’s wreaking havoc on our bodies. The Los Angeles Times interviewed Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative. Levine has been studying the adverse effects of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles for years and has summed up his findings in two sentences:
"Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”
Levine is credited with coining that mantra — “sitting is the new smoking” — but he’s not the only one who believes it. Researchers have found and continue to find evidence that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing several serious illnesses like various types of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Another reason the smoking analogy is relevant is that studies have repeatedly shown that the effects of long-term sitting are not reversible through exercise or other good habits.
Sitting, like smoking, is very clearly bad for our health and the only way to minimize the risk is to limit the time we spend on our “butts" each day.