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Sitting for prolonged hours isn’t exactly the healthiest thing to do.
In fact, thanks to media, sitting for too long has been coined the “new” smoking!
But how bad sitting actually is?
We did quite some research reviewing chairs you can get on a budget (you can find them here – https://myergonomicchair.com/best-budget-office-chair/) and found pretty jaw-dropping stats while doing it (the fact that they are so quantifiable is unreal!)
Here is what sitting for too long can do:
#1: Increases the Risk of Diabetes – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12733740
Men who watched TV more than 40 h per week had a nearly threefold increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes compared with those who spent less than 1 h per week watching TV.
#2: Increases Overall Death Risk – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22450936
Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for all-cause mortality, independent of physical activity.
#3: Decreases Life Expectancy – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3400064/
The estimated gains in life expectancy in the US population were 2.00 years for reducing excessive sitting to <3 h/day and a gain of 1.38 years from reducing excessive television viewing to <2 h/day.
#4: Increase Chance of Certain Cancers https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4143275/
Increasing 2 hours per day of TV viewing is associated with a 7% incremental risk of colorectal cancer, increasing 2 hours per day of occupational sitting time is associated with a 4% incremental risk of colorectal cancer, and increasing 2 hours per day of total sitting time is associated with a 2% incremental risk of colorectal cancer.
Isn’t that, both, scary and moving?
Learn more from the infographic below!
Infographic by MyErgonomicChair.com.
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