What Prolonged Sitting and Standing Does to Your Body

You’ve probably already heard the new fear-mongered saying: “Sitting is the new smoking.” If you work in an office where you sit in front of a computer for most of the day, this news has probably descended with fear and guilt as coworkers scramble to experiment with the latest standing or running desk technology.

While sitting is an everyday reality for many nine-to-fivers, the ways to cope are much easier than you might imagine. In the infographic below, learn exactly what sitting is doing to your heart, legs (and colon?) as well as easy ways to help you be mindful of your body throughout the day. So next time you’re “too busy” to take that lunch hour walk, picture yourself in ten years with a hunchback and hit the pavement.

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Infographic found on Funders and Founders

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114 comments

Teresa W
Teresa W2 months ago

I walk a lot, but my work also requires sitting. :-(

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Naomi Dreyer
Naomi Dreyer2 years ago

Thank you - I really needed this.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Magdalena J.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you!

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Mary B.
Mary B2 years ago

If workers were to design their work places to cater to the needs of their bodies, and the needs of their minds to shut down and just space out occationally, productivity would go way up. You'd think by now that employers would have a clue about this. I mean it's only been centuries...

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik2 years ago

Thank you for sharing:)

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DaleLovesOttawa O.

I went for a long walk by the river, exercise is a good way of lessening these situations when one has to be in situations where long periods of sitting or standing occur, which happens a lot in the workplace.

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Marianne R.
Marianne R2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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Vicky P.
Vicky P2 years ago

thanks

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