More Sitting = More Health Problems
Epidemiologic studies have reported that sitting time is not only associated with all-cause mortality*, but also with metabolic syndrome and non-communicable diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular diseases, and even some cancers.
*All-cause mortality is defined as all of the deaths that occur, regardless of cause, in a single population or collection of populations during a period of time.
"Thirty-five chronic diseases and conditions are associated with sedentariness." These aren't minor health problems, either. We're talking major conditions like...
And It Gets Worse...
Physical inactivity is associated with major non-communicable diseases and all-cause mortality. It's estimated that 31% of the global population does not meet current physical activity recommendations. The burden of disease attributable to inactivity was recently estimated to be responsible for 6% – 9% of the total deaths worldwide.
"Among all the countries, sitting time >3 hours/day was responsible for approximately 433,000 deaths."
Bodies Were Built to Move
Standing more doesn't just stop the development of deadly diseases; non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), or the calories that are expended by staying active throughout the day, has been found to actually improve the way the body handles insulin . Want an easy way to incorporate more activity into your day? Try adding a height adjustable standing desk and a motion board to your workspace.