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The electrical activity in your legs has shut off. The enzyme known as Lipase that helps break down the fat in your blood has dropped by 90%. Fat is left to re-circulate in the bloodstream. Circulating fat gets stored as body fat and clogs arteries. You’re burning less fat sitting that when you’re chewing a piece of gum. You’re burning a whopping one calorie per minute. Perhaps it was obesity expert Dr. James Levine who said it best, “Sitting all day is literally killing us”.
According to recent biomedical research, extended sitting dramatically increases the risk of major disease. It turns out that sitting has profound negative effects on fat and cholesterol metabolism. People who sit for most of their day are 54% more likely to die from a heart attack. People who sit a lot have two and three times the rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Obese people sit for 2.5 more hours per day than those who are thin. Chronic sitters have HDL or good cholesterol levels that are 22 percent lower than those who stand frequently.
If this hasn’t gotten you out of your seat yet, listen to this. If you sit for 6 or more hours a day you are 40% likelier to die within fifteen years than people who sit for less than 3 hours. If you have a desk job, you are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular diseases as those who stand. Researchers are now calling sitting the smoking of the current generation.
Maybe you’re thinking, “Well, I do sit all day, but I exercise regularly.” Unfortunately, that’s not going to cut it. According to recent studies, even an hour of exercise a day isn’t enough to offset the effects of prolonged sitting. According to evolutionary biologists, the human body has evolved over several million years to stand on two feet. We did not evolve to sit in chairs all day.
In a clever study, Dutch researchers created a sort of historical theme park and recruited actors to play the role of 1850’s settlers. They chopped wood, they foraged for food, and they really got into their roles. The researchers then compared their activity levels with those of today’s average office worker. The results were staggering. The “1850’s actors” walked the equivalent of 3 to 8 miles more per day than today’s office worker.
To put things in perspective, more than 47 million adults in the United States have metabolic syndrome. 25.8 million people are struggling with diabetes. Obesity has doubled in the last 35 years. Today, 1 in 3 American are obese.
The good news is there is no need to give up your hi-tech tether or change your career path. Simply stand up. Experts tell us that standing for just 15 minutes each hour yields amazing life extending benefits. You’ll increase your energy and boost your metabolism. As an added bonus, standing burns an extra 60 calories per hour. Standing for just two hours a day can help you lose up to 20 pounds per year.
And while technology is the major cause for our sedentary lifestyle, it’s also the solution. Recent technology has brought us NextDesk - the most advanced power adjustable desk ever made. Health experts recommend alternating between standing and sitting throughout your day. Power adjustable desks make the transitions quick and easy. So before you quit your desk job, try NextDesk in your home or office risk-free for 30 days.
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