Desk jobs. Yes, these are the jobs where you’re sitting all day in meetings, in front of the computer, and even in your car to get to your cubicle. And we all thought that going to the gym after work for a quick cardio routine was enough to offset the detrimental effects of sitting too long. Well, until now. Several recent studies have shown that the time people spend sitting on their rear ends is associated with increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease risk and unhealthy diets. The studies also say that women who spent more than 6 hours per day sitting outside of the workplace were 37% more likely to die during the same time period, as opposed to men who were 18% more likely to die in that same time period.
The truth is that all of us were meant to be more active than typing on keyboards and sending e-mails to our fellow colleagues across the hall. The difficult part may be just getting back to that mentality where its second nature to get up and take a quick walk in order to clear your head, or perhaps walking over to your co-worker’s desk instead of just sending them an IM or e-mail.
This may be a depressing study, but instead of just moping around, try taking action so that you don’t fall into these statistics. Along with your regular gym time, why not take the stairs instead of the elevator? Or take every chance that you can to walk further instead of driving? As you all know, these little things add up, and your waistline and overall health will thank you.