Scientists have coined a new term called “sitting disease.”
Use this calculator to calculate how many hours a day you sit down and also see how at risk you are for sitting disease. What are your results?
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Low risk – Sitting less than 4 hours per day (with less than 2 hours of uninterrupted sitting).
Medium risk – Sitting 4 to 8 hours per day.
High risk – Sitting 8 to 11 hours per day.
Very high risk – Sitting over 11 hours per day.
Some facts about prolonged sitting:
- “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.” ~ Martha Grogan, Cardiologist
- Excessive sitting impacts our body’s metabolic system: “Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.” ~ James Levine, MD, PhD
- If your sitting time is uninterrupted for 2 hours or more, your risk is adjusted to “Medium” or greater. Glucose and insulin levels are adversely impacted due to uninterrupted sitting.
- Global studies show, on average, we sit 7.7 hours a day, and some results estimate people sit up to 15 hours a day.
- Combating sitting disease with added gym-time may not work. More exercise time may not even reverse sitting disease.
- A 2010 study by researchers from the American Cancer Society suggests that people who sit for long periods during their leisure time have an increased risk of disease and a shorter average life span.