Did you know that the average American spends 32 years of their life sitting on their rear end? We know that being sedentary and sitting for prolonged periods of time is very damaging to your health. Unfortunately, we have become a nation of couch (or office chair) potatoes. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, depression and muscle atrophy have all been linked to a sedentary lifestyle and an interestingly large amount of evidence is actually pointing to sitting as an independent risk factor for chronic disease. Our bodies are designed to move and when we decrease our movement, we decrease our health. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like we should never sit. That’s not the point at all. It’s just that we should not sit for prolonged periods without standing. In fact, take a minute and listen to Dr. Joan Vernikos, former NASA scientist and author of Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, explain the benefits of regular movement. Click here for video.
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