Sitting is the new smokingPosted on September 20, 2015

Even if you eat healthy and exercise, there’s probably one unhealthy habit you still haven’t been able to break. In fact, you may be doing it right now.

It’s sitting, and it’s a lot worse for your health than you realize.

On average, we spend 9.3 hours a day sitting. If that number is surprising, it shouldn’t be. If you have a desk job, that’s all you do while you’re at work. Then, after work, most people kick back and relax by… sitting some more.

It’s an unhealthy habit so prevalent and so common that we don’t even question it. It’s something so ingrained that we don’t even question how much we do it, or whether or not it’s bad for us. That’s what has led some to label sitting as “the smoking of our generation.”

But sitting for prolonged periods of time is undoubtedly bad for us.

People who sit for more than 23 hours a week are now thought to have a 64% greater risk of dying from heart disease. It also leads to increased back and hip pain and decreased metabolic health, which is the precursor of type 2 diabetes.

And as if that weren’t bad enough, sitting too long also makes you age faster.

Sitting for hours on end is the very definition of an inactive lifestyle, something that we have long understood to be bad for our health. The good news is that it’s incredibly easy to correct. If you have a job that requires you to be seated, just make a point to stand up at least once an hour and stretch. You should also consider filling your day after work with physical activities to help counteract the 9.3 hours a day we spend sitting and the 7.7 hours a night we spend in bed.

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