I got up, had a shower and got ready for my day. This included sitting down to watch some cartoons with my son as we sipped our morning smoothies.
I kissed my wife and son good-bye and grabbed my bike out of the backyard shed.
After a short bike ride to the subway station, I boarded the train and sat for 10 stops.
Arriving at St. George Station, I left the train, walked up the stairs and boarded another train. Sometimes I stand if there are no seats available, but today I sat.
Seven more stops to go.
King Station. I arrived at my destination and walked 5-minutes to my office. Then I sat down at my desk – for the majority of my work day.
Sitting at work is what I do. It’s what many people do.
I am home now. I sat down for dinner.
I am sitting now as I type.
Sitting is killing me. It’s killing you.
Did you know that…
1. The average adult spends 50 to 70 percent of their time sitting (article)?
2. Higher volumes of sitting time are significantly associated with diabetes and overall chronic disease, independent of physical activity and other potentially confounding factors (study)?
3. On average, every single hour of TV viewed (i.e. sedentary behaviour) after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 min (study)?
How to Sit Less
Keep getting regular exercise – that advice will never go away.
Take a look at the rest of your day.
Walk more. Watch TV less.
Stand up more.
Choose to stand on the bus or subway. Whether it’s during your coffee breaks or by using a stand-up desk – there are simple opportunities to minimize the time on your butt.
Take a stand against sitting.