The average American spends about 8 hours sitting: working, reading, typing, computing, driving and etc. That’s a lot of time spent on the derriere and it’s not healthy. Even if you exercise everyday, hours of sitting can cut years off your life. A recent article published in BMJ Open reported that sitting for more than 3 hours a day can shave two years off your life. Watching TV for more than 2 hours a day (the typical American watches more than 3), can pare another 1.4 years.
It makes sense. We were not designed to be sedentary. So as you read these sentences, stand up. Next time the phone rings, pace while you talk. Consider a standing desk and arranging walking meetings. You’ll add time to your life and you’ll probably feel a lot peppier too.