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Trailblazing Thursdays: “Sitting Is Killing You” . . . And What to Do About It

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Near the end of last year we shared an informative infographic on the dangers of sitting. The essence of the picture is captured in this poignant sentence: People who sit for most of their day are 54% more likely to die of a heart attack.

More and more experts agree that sitting all day, every day can be detrimental to one’s health, even for those who exercise regularly. But what can you do about it? Many people aren’t able to control their work environment, especially when the majority of the office doesn’t share the same health priorities. It would be extremely awkward to be the only one standing in a sea full of sitters. Even worse, the office administration might not be receptive to the expense of a standing desk.

Those who work at home or have the ability to stand all day should also take heed: don’t let the phrase “Sitting is Killing You” scare you into other unhealthy habits. According to Men’s Health, standing for hours and hours on end can lead to musculoskeletal disorders in the legs, knees, and lower back. It’s recommended that you stand as long as it feels comfortable. Taking a seat after that won’t kill you – in fact, it might just make you healthier. Multiple sources suggest splitting standing and sitting time 50:50.

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A Happy, Healthy Office With WellnessFX

DSC00969For most of us, a huge chunk of our daily lives is spent at the office. The bad news? This can consist of hours of sitting, frequent trips to the snack machine for whatever is edible, and an overall boring and inactive experience. That’s pretty disheartening.

But the good news is really good, because an office environment doesn’t have to be that way! WellnessFX provides customers with a way to track their biomarkers, consult with trained health professionals, and create a plan for a healthier lifestyle. It’s only natural that our office space practices what we preach. When you consider how passionate we all are about nutrition, health, and wellness, what else would you expect?

Nutrition

Our team is a varied as it is awesome. Among our ranks are Paleo dieters, vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free-ers, and people who just like good food. Our fridge is stocked with all kinds of organic, fresh goodness, and at lunch time people make elaborate salads, wraps with seaweed, or even use the blender to fix a nice and filling smoothie. There’s even a separate fridge filled with coconut water!

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

“Sitting Is Killing You”

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People who sit for most of their day are 54% more likely to die of a heart attack.

Did that get your attention? We hope so (and, no, we didn’t make that up).

We’ve talked about the benefits of getting off your hind quarters and spending more of your day on your feet.

To put things into perspective, here’s what sitting physically does to your body:

  1. As soon as you sit the electrical activity in the leg muscles shut off, calorie burning slows to a sloth-like 1 per minute, and enzymes that help break down fat drop by 90%.
  2. After 2 hours of reclining in your favorite chair, the good cholesterol in your body drops about 20%.
  3. After 24 hours insulin effectiveness drops 24% and risk of diabetes rises.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Guest Post: The Problem With Sitting

How Much Of Our Time Is Spent Sitting?

Modern humans are frequently “sitters”–at work, in the car, and at home. Sitting may be the most common human behavior and for many adults exceeds the time spent sleeping! Furthermore, changes in transportation, communication, workplace, and entertainment technologies continue to reduce human activity level and energy requirements.

National physical activity and health recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association include 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity of most days of the week as the minimum requirements. The U.S. recommendations also state that the amount of aerobic activity should be in addition to routine activities of daily living, such as walking to the grocery store or taking out the trash. Although doing more of these activities would result in less time spent sitting, this is not addressed explicitly in the recommendations.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.