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In this month’s news you can use we are reporting on the trending topic everyone is calling “sitting disease.” The term “sitting disease” refers to living a sedentary lifestyle by performing most of the day’s tasks while – you guessed it – sitting down.

Mayo Clinic reports that 50 to 70 percent of people sit down for more than six hours a day, including 20 to 35 percent of who sit four or more hours daily to watch TV.

While many people don’t believe sitting is a disease, studies and reports are proving differently.

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Alliance staff member using a “standing desk”

Alliance staff members using “standing desks”

The Statistics

Research shows sitting has shockingly negative effects on an average person’s body.

    • The average American spends 55 percent of their waking hours spent sitting. (Sleeping, sitting at work, watching TV, leisure time, on computer, eating, etc.)
    • Women who were inactive and sat over six hours a day were 94 percent more likely to die prematurely and men who were inactive and sat over six hours a day were 48 percent more likely to die prematurely.
    • A sedentary lifestyle is associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers (breast and colon).

 

  • NPR reports that researchers at Northwestern University found that for people 60 and older, an extra hour a day spent sitting increases the risk of becoming physically disabled by 50 percent. This remains true no matter how much exercise they get.
  • The study by Northwestern also stated that sitting 12 hours per day gives you a six percent risk of having a disability with an extra hour each day upping your likelihood by three percent.

The Solution

another employee at a standing desk

Alliance staff member using a “standing desk”

There is a cure to this disease, and that is to simply stand or move more throughout the day. On average, 67 percent of U.S office workers said they wish their employers offered adjustable desks that could be used to work either seated or standing.

Many employers have taken the initiative to adopt new strategies within their workforce to address this disease including:

  • Creating physical activities by encouraging employees to take the stairs, to take walks during their breaks or park further away.
  • Providing “Fitbits”, a fitness monitoring device or pedometers to measure mobility
  • Incorporating working treadmills into their office
  • Installing stand-up work stations

JustStand.org is a great resource to learn more about this disease and to download infographics of the statistics mentioned in this article. Visit juststand.org to learn more or visit any of these suggested websites below: