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7 Alarming Facts About Sitting

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2. Work-life lasts 7.5 hours every day. Active life? Not so much.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted an American Time Use Survey in 2009 showing 7.5 hours as the average amount of time Americans spend working daily. Ted Schadler of Forrester Research estimates that thirty-four million Americans work from home at least part of the time, which often contributes to a sedentary lifestyle by eliminating the need to get up and leave the house, walk to a coworker’s desk for a meeting, and so forth. (Plus, the kitchen’s right there.) That number is expected to reach sixty-three million by 2016.

Comparatively, the 2010 National Health Interview Survey found that only 31 percent of people do the recommended thirty minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week. In fact, 40 percent of people don’t engage in any kind of regular exercise at all.

Walk Yourself Healthy

3. This all leads to fifty-six hours of sitting every week.
A 2009 issue of Women’s Health reported on a poll conducted by the Institute for Medicine and Public Health that showed the average American spends a little over 33 percent of the week sitting. Given how much we work, watch TV, and don’t exercise, that seems about right.

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10:07AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Thanks for this.

3:53AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Yes to the conclusion: the chair is not to blame!

4:14PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Thanks.

5:57PM PST on Dec 2, 2011

thanks

6:57PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Here in Denmark in all offices there are these stand-up desks that can be "pulled up" and the one can work in a standing position. This might sound funny, but it is actually a great idea, because the one eventually gets tired of sitting through an 8 h working day. The one might be surprised but it can be often seen how these office people actually stand up and work on their computers or do whatever they do there :) After they are "fed up" with standing they can turn it into a sit-down desk again.

8:37AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

I spend a lot of time sitting into my desk because of my job, I try to do some walk inside the office every 30 minutes.

Thanks for the article, it's really good, but I agree with Susan H., your article is unnecessary long.

9:07AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

This one got shared! Thanks! It's alarming!

6:18AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Mel,
Once again, because you insist on dragging out what should be a 2 page article into a multi-page article by inserting unnecessary pictures with each section, I had to sit at my computer longer than I should have had to in order to get through your article. Your articles can be interesting but, more often than not, I am finding them not worth the aggravation of clicking through so many pages. Please consider losing the excess pictures. They add nothing to the point of the article. I mean, really, do you feel that the readers need photos of an obese stomach or a person sitting in a chair to understand these concepts? I grew out of the need for illustrations in my reading when I was four.

11:13AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

thanks for the much need awareness

5:04PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Thanks

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