On average, how many hours do you spend sitting while in your office each day? If it is under six hours, you are doing better than most. According to a 2010 study by Ipsos, a France based research company, the average US employee sits for 6 hours per day in front of their computers and another hour per day in meetings.
Why does sitting too much matter?
- “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.” says Martha Grogan, cardiologist, Mayo Clinic (JustStand.org)
- Ipsos found that about 60% of those surveyed thought they would be more productive if they had the option to stand up more.
- “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.” says James Levine, MD, Ph.D.
- The American Cancer Society found that by sitting longer than six hours per day, women are 94% more likely to die prematurely. (more…)