Infographic Shows Just How Bad Prolonged Sitting Is

Infographic Shows Just How Bad Prolonged Sitting Is

Sitting is killing you. Numerous studies have pointed to the health risks of sitting all day, but here you have in one illustration how prolonged sitting affects our bodies and reminders to interrupt sitting time whenever possible.

The human body simply isn’t built to sit all day at a desk or for hours vegging out on the couch. Many of us spend more time sitting than sleeping. To avoid the health risks, we need not just 30 minutes of daily exercise, the infographic advises, but taking every opportunity to get up during the day.


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  • I’m in a rut at what to believe.
    I consider myself to be an exceptionally fit/active person not to brag but to further add to my point
    1.5-2.5hrs workouts 3-4 times a week with 2 hour ninjutsu lessons 3times a week, I don’t use my car at all ( walk everywhere )
    And final stats are:
    Age: 18
    Weight : 169.4 lbs or 77kgs 17%BF
    Height: 5’8″

    I do consider myself an avid computer user but I do get up every single chance I get to head downstairs for a break, whether it be grabbing a snack/drink, to head to the bathroom and just about anything else. And while at the desk I unconsciously leg jiggle if that is at all relevant heh.

    And now all these recent articles that sitting may be killing me, even considering my current lifestyle I’m really not sure what to believe anymore.

  • Haha, I work an office job (38 hours sitting at a computer) and I cycle 10 hours a week, go to the gym, play several sports and the training nights for them, and go hiking and other activities on the weekend. Sitting while I’m at the office is my necessary rest period, so it is actually keeping me alive (see, I can make stupid claims just as easily too, now just need to draw a stupid infographic)

    • Made up James? The infographic gives the references it uses at the bottom. Please point out which ones are wrong and why.

      And just to join in the comments here. I work in an office and sit most of the day but…
      …I kayak 9 hours a week, am a blackbeard belt in pirate ninjitsu, wrestle a polar bear Tuesdays and Thursdays, eat nothing but raw meat and gunpowder, shit thunderbolts, piss lightning, lead an extreme speed reading class once a week and on the weekends I play footy, cricket, basketball, badminton and full contact chess and I feel GREAT so nothing else I do could possibly be bad for me.

  • Other times I’ve heard the ‘sitting is killing us’ talk, they’ve mentioned that it’s sitting still that’s the problem – and that people who stand OR fidget all the time are less likely to have long-term problems.

    That’s the hope I’m clinging to. I spend all my time sitting down, but by god I fidget. my legs never get a chance to lose electrical activity.

  • i go to the gym when i can be f’d i sit all day and spend my time relaxing and watching telly and if the weather is nice i read my book
    reading exercises the mind

    • I know right? MEN’S HEALTH AT MSNBC IS NOT A SOURCE. I’d rate wikipedia above bloody Men’s Health.

      BMJ is the only one there I’ve read and I’d rate.

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