Sitting has reached epidemic proportions, on a global scale, and the risk factors associated with too much sitting are manifold.
Keep reading for the low-down on sedentary lifestyle and the debilitating challenges facing society today.
- More than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting, in the form of watching television, working at a computer, commuting, or doing other physically inactive pursuits.
- According to an American study, on average, sedentary behavior accounts for about 3 hours of an average 16-hour waking day.
- In the UK, the average man spends a fifth of his lifetime sitting, which is equivalent to 78 days a year. For women, it is around 74 days a year.
- In the US, waiters and waitresses spend 3 percent of their workday standing or walking and just 3.7 percent sitting.
- Some other occupations which require a high percentage of standing and walking: welders, cutters, and welder fitters (90 percent), retail salespersons (2 percent), electricians (88.2 percent), and pharmacists (78.1 percent).
- On the other hand, software developers spend an average of 90.0 percent of their workday sitting, alongside bus drivers (4 percent), accountants (80.7 percent), and insurance sales agents (80.3 percent).
- Physical inactivities the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, equating to 3.2 million deaths.
Sitting Disease Statistics
- There’s a direct relationship between time spent sitting and risk of early mortality. Findings indicated that astotal sitting time increases, so does the risk of an early death.
- Those who sit for more than eight hours a day, with no physical activity, have a risk of dying similar to the risks of dying posed by obesity and smoking.
- Data from more than 1 million people found that 60 to 75 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a day countered the effects of too much sitting.
- Taking a movement break every 30 minutes can also counter the effects of too much sitting. Sitting in stretches of less than 30 minutes can result in a lower risk of death (55 percent) compared to those who sit for more than 30 minutes at a time.
- Those who sit for more than 13 hours per day had a 200 percent greater risk of death compared to those who sat for less than about 11 hours per day. And sitting for more than 90 minutes at a time can increase the risk of early death two-fold.
Back Pain Statistics
- Slouchingcan strain your muscles and put stress on your spine, leading to constricted blood vessels, nerves, and muscles, which can lead to back pain.
- 8 out of every 10 Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lifetimes.
- 54 percent of Americans who suffer from low back pain spend the majority of the workday sitting.
- Every year, a total of 1million years of productive life are lost in the UK because of disability from low back pain.
Sitting & Kids
- In children under five, the advice is to limit the time they spend watching TV, travelling by car, bus or train or being strapped into a buggy.
- The Start Active, Stay Active report (UK) suggests a link between too much sitting in early years and later obesity and poor health.
- Older children should have ‘screen time’ monitored to reduce sedentary behavior.
- Observing good posture on a daily basis can help you to burn fat, gain strength, and increase the effectiveness of your workouts.
- In that same vein, exercisesthat require you to sit down tend to be less effectiveness than ones that require you to stand up – or better yet, stand on one leg.
- Poor posture can also contribute to stomach issues like acid reflux or heartburn.
- Chronic neck and back pain, caused from poor posture, can hinder your breathing! In fact, people with ongoing mild-to-moderate neck painor sore, stiff neck muscles have problems using the lungs and respiratory system to their full capacity.
- Standing desks have become a popular alternative to traditional desks in recent years – and for good reason. Studies have shown that employees using stand-capable desks aremore productive than their colleagues in standard, seated desks.
If you are looking for more stats, check out our infographic: “10 Ways How Sitting Too Long Kills You Slowly (Science-Based Facts)”
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