Our bodies aren't designed to sit for hours, they were designed to stand. During most of the last two thousand years, we hunted for food and we tended crops spending almost all of our time standing on two feet. Fast forward to today over 90% of activities are done sitting down. We surf the web we watch TV we drive cars and we work for hours on end all while sitting on our rear ends. Total it up and we spend nearly 80 percent of our waking hours sitting.
In fact, you are probably sitting right now!
Not to scare you, but if you are, major changes have taken place the electrical activity in your legs to shut off the enzyme that helps break down the fat in your body. Doctor James Levine who maybe said it best “Sitting all day is literally killing us”. According to recent biomedical research, people who sit for most of their day are 54% more likely to die from a heart attack, diabetes, and obesity than the people that set for less than 3 hours.
Researchers are now calling sitting the smoking of the current generation. Maybe you're thinking well I do sit all day but I exercise regularly? Unfortunately, that's not going to cut it. According to recent studies even an hour of exercise, a day isn't enough to offset the effects of prolonged sitting. According to evolutionary biologists, the human body has evolved over several million years to stand on two feet. We did not evolve to sit in chairs all day
The good news is there is no need to give up your seated job or change career path.
Simply stand up!
Experts tell us that standing for just 15 minutes each hour yields amazing life-extending benefits. You'll increase your energy and boost your metabolism as an added bonus. Standing burns an extra 60 calories per hour standing for Just 2 hours a day can help you lose up to 20 pounds per year. So there are plenty of reasons to change up your work routine to something that involves being more mobile.