We Are Sitting More Than Ever And That Is Not Good

April 25, 2019

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Americans sit an average of 10 hours a day pecking at keyboard, binging on Netflix and scrolling through social media feeds. While sitting behind a desk has been a social norm for quite a while, many new technologies have the potential of adding more sitting time then we had a decade ago. Researchers collected 15 years of data and found that overall, teens and adults in 2016 spent on average of an hour more each day sitting than they did in 2007. And most people devoted that time parked in front of the TV or videos: in 2016, about 62% of children ages five to 11 spent two or more hours watching TV or videos every day, while 59% of teens and 65% of adults did so. Across all age groups, people also spent more time in 2016 using computers when they were not at work or school compared to 2003. That is a big deal because sitting too long has been linked to chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. However some positive data was discovered. Among younger children ages five to 11, the trend of TV and video watching for two hours or more daily decreased slightly from 2001 to 2016, which suggests that their parents are encouraging their kids to be more active and spend less time on the couch. As for the office, experts recommend splitting your time evenly between standing and sitting, accumulating at least two-hours per day of standing and light activity, eventually progressing to a total accumulation of four hours. While at home or on the weekend, you should still be aiming to evenly balance sitting and standing time.

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