A friend of mine was rushed to the hospital because he was experiencing chest pains. He was diagnosed to have gone through mild stroke. Everybody was shocked because we have known him to be fairly active than others in the office. He goes for a run almost every day. That made a big question to us all. Until we were told that it may be because he sits in his chair almost the entire office hours.
This has been a wake-up call for us in the office. I tried research a bit because I was worried about my lifestyle as well. And found out that, sitting is the new smoking.
10 Years less
Women who smoke are now just as likely to die of lung cancer and other smoking-related diseases as men — and smokers of both sexes die, on average, about a decade earlier than non-smokers.
So, if you are expected life up to 70 years old, then you’ll die at 60 because of smoking.
Sitting on the other hand is the new smoking. Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.
Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University, is credited with coining that mantra—“sitting is the new smoking”—but he’s not the only one who believes it. Researchers have found and continue to find evidence that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing several serious illnesses like various types of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Another reason the smoking analogy is relevant is that studies have repeatedly shown the effects of long-term sitting are not reversible through exercise or other good habits. Sitting, like smoking, is very clearly bad for our health and the only way to minimize the risk is to limit the time we spend on our butts each day. You can either walk the hall every hour, or convert your desk into a standing desk.
A Stand up desk will help you to work while standing and avoid Sedentary Lifestyle. Don’t worry, as it is adjustable so you can sit down when needed but don’t forget to stand often.
But if you love your desk and you have no plans to change it, try a laptop desk.