Scientific studies have linked being inactive and sedentary to being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and early death.
Excessive sitting is believed to slow down the metabolism – which affects our ability to regulate blood sugar levels and blood pressure and break down body fat. Basically, when you sit for hours on end, you are using less energy than when you stand or move around.
The NHS stresses that there are limitations with current research, but this research is on-going, so new insights and information are being published all the time. We have to make up our own minds and come to our own conclusions, but doing research and being well- informed is definitely part of making better lifestyle choices. On an intuitive level, we know deep down that sitting for long periods is bad for us, because we’re designed to move. With this simple thought in mind, it’s encouraging to know that we can do something about it.
From our own online research, we’ve compiled a list of the top 15 reasons that we can find NOT to sit all day! It’s not an exhaustive list but as a guide it covers the general areas for concern. It may help you when doing your own research to kick-start your journey towards a healthier way to work, and a more active working lifestyle.
Using this information as a rough guide, our hope is that it will spur you into action by taking some simple steps to move more throughout the working day. By reducing the amount of time that you spend sitting down, even if it’s by an hour or two a day, you could make a significant and positive impact on your cardiovascular health for the future.