Have you been following the news and studies that uncover one of the seemingly innocent ways of our life – our sitting habits.
And here we do not mean sitting in general, rather spending your long-work hours in almost the same sitting position day in and day out, followed by months and years.
Some of the studies show a profound result of leading a sedentary life style that not even your regular exercise can undo – the link to the metabolic quadrant of diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and even cancer.
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Here’s what one of the latest meta-analysis by DAniela Schmid and Michael F. Leitsmann showed:
“The researchers examined close to 70,000 cancer cases and found that sitting is associated with a 24% increased risk of colon cancer, a 32% increased risk of endometrial cancer, and a 21% increased risk of lung cancer.”
What was really disturbing to me is to read this by the authors of the study:
“Adjustment for physical activity did not affect the positive association between sedentary behavior and cancer.”
Why cannot it be undone by increased physical activity?
#1 Sitting –> weight gain –> elevated risk
When you’re sedentary, you burn only about a calorie a minute. Being overweight or obese is a known risk factor for many common chronic diseases. The cancer risk, the authors note, comes about because obesity can promote insulin resistance and bodily inflammation, two of the many things known to increase increase the risk of cancer for people of above-average body weight. Interestingly, the authors also mention the link between obesity and vitamin D deficiency, which has been associated with an elevated risk of colon cancer.
#2 Sitting –> inactive muscles –> harmful biological signaling
Sitting also means your large postural support muscles, such as the quadriceps and glutes, aren’t doing anything. When active, these muscles produce a suite of beneficial molecules. “Skeletal muscles have an electrical activity in them when they’re working which is like the light switch that turns on all these healthy things in the muscles,” explained Marc Hamilton, director of the Inactivity Physiology Program at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana. When you sit, you turn these light switches off.
Sitting Can Be Fatal.
This is not a banal statement. This is a reality that has spread in our society and has started affecting masses of population.
However, the hope is here. The hope is in your hands. The sedentary living can be modified and changed into yet a prolific way of expressing yourself. The Nike’s motto “Just Do It” is one of your best friends here. Plus, the companies like InMovement has come up with accommodations that you and I cannot ignore!
TreadMill desks, Elevated Desks, and plethora of simple, yet effective accessories for our sedentary work environment – these are the things that companies like InMovment are currently creating to contribute to the Un-doing of the sitting to our health.
Look at this amazing InMovement Portable Desk that I’ve been using for about a month to adjust my sedentary lifestyle to a more living, breathing (no kidding here!), and feeling great about what I do to change for a healthier work environment.
So, what can affect and undo the results of sitting?
We can spend part of our day working standing up!
And interrupting our work day with short spurts of standing up, walking around, taking deep breaths – all while standing up – will get your body working and functioning as it should be!
Standing a few minutes during each hour spent working in a sitting position will add to your active time and help to shake off the years of sitting, too.
My routine these days looks like this:
– For every hour spent sitting, I get up and quickly do 10 squats and work about 10 minutes standing up.
That’s it. This small change –––> to get up and move during each sitting hour has made already positive metabolic changes in my body. It can in yours, too!
The products like InMovement desks can truly change a work environment and your well-being for the better!
The one I have been using for about a month is portable and can be easily arranged at any location and room I need it! I so much have been enjoying this amazing accommodation that my neighbors have been coming to check it out, as we do talk and discuss things in our lives in our cul-de-sac!
I will be reporting more details on this current accommodation from InMovement in this post and outside of it. Stay tuned. Check out their whole line of equipment and accessories they developed to break the sitting trend in offices, homes, schools.
Here are some more resources for you to educate yourself on the current state of events of leading a Sedentary Lifestyle.
– Sitting at work is bad, but is standing actually better?
– Desk-based employees ‘should work standing up’
– Health Experts Reveal How Much Standing At Work You Should Actually Be Doing
27 thoughts on “Start Living Your Busy Life With InMovement #StandUpNow”
Live is so busy these days that a standing desk sounds like an easy way to institute a running office. Thanks so much for the information.
Pretty cool information!
Standing desks are the way to go!
I do sit a lot for the writing assignments that I do, but I try to get up and walk around from time to time. I love the idea of a treadmill desk. The InMovement desk looks very helpful.
That desk looks like something that would be perfect while I have to sit and do my schoolwork every evening!
That statistics are something to think about! I lost a friend a couple of years ago because a blood clot, and I strongly believe that it’s because he did a lot of sitting. That’s why I’m more adamant about before more active even though my job keeps me busy, busy, busy at the computer.
I am living proof of what happens when you work at a desk all day and dont take the proper breaks. Also, not taking time to take care of yourself. It is ok to be selfish and put yourself first.
I take the time to walk, stand up, stretch, and just not be sitting at my desk many times throughout the day. It’s important for our health and I’m glad these studies are helping to open more people to the dangers of prolonged sitting.
What a neat and sleek desk. I’ve read about how sitting for hours could affect one’s health. That is a must-have, no doubt.
I’ve been a work at home mom for 3 years now and sit a lot at a desk or table. The statistics can be scary. I tend to walk a ton everyday taking kids to/from school or going to the store, shops or errands!
I wear a pedometer with a step goal in mind every day. Luckily, I work at a very active job and can usually get in the 10,000 steps that are recommended.
I can truly relate to your review…I also get up and walk around but these inmovement desk are a must have. 🙂
This is so nice, you can adjust it the way you want to work. That would be great to have in any home office.
I always think about these things when I’m at work sitting for the majority of my 8 hours. I definitely try to get up as much as I can but there is so much breaks I can take.
Im not into politics. But I still like to be aware so I’m not such an ignoramus.
This is a very important issue & I’m glad it’s been addressed. I’m very active @ work (I’m a CNA) but I plan to apply these tactics @ home, when I do hw & such, too.
This is such an important topic! I am now in Physical Therapy due to neck issues, most likely from sitting incorrectly at a computer for years. My PT says laptops are the worst!
I can relate. My job is to sit at a desk for 8+ hours a day. I really need to get up and go more.
I can relate because I sit most of the time
i can relate to this!
i am an article writer and sitting for at least 4-5 hours researching and thinking bout what am i going to write is exhausting. thank you for this.
These are some scary statistics for someone that works from home like myself. I sit all day working. I would love to try a treadmill desk. I think it is a great idea.
I agree that it is important to avoid a sedentary lifestyle. When I am working on a blog post, I make sure that I stand up and walk around every so often. It gives my eyes a rest, and walking ensures that my muscles get the necessary exercise.
I posted about something similar a while back. While researching, I was blown away by how bad sitting is for us. I try to remember to get up, move around, do a few squats, etc. every hour. Sometimes I forget – thanks for the reminder.
I can see how moving can be beneficial to your health, and those statistics on cancer really grabbed my attention too. Loving the idea of an elevated desk to be able to stand and move a bit more while working.
Perhaps the government should make it a law that everyone be allowed a 10 minute break every hour for health purposes. Can you just imagine the out cry from the bosses that would receive! And I am sure they would fund studies proving the above untrue–it is their bottom line. I spent much of my life sitting at a work desk and it was frowned upon to even get up and stretch!! I do try now that I am semi retired to get ip from whichever desk I am at and at least stretch and walk a bit.
This is the dark and scary downside of being a blogger (or anyone who works at a desk for hours on end). Sometimes the body pleads for activity and we don’t hear it.
I work from home at a desk and I can totally relate to this post. I would love to stand and talk or work on my computer while working. I love this desk. Thanks for sharing