ANY job that involves longer hours of sitting is bad for you. Some shocking facts being circulated lately over the web has made IT world in India take a closer look at the lifestyles it is promoting. While the sedentary research had come to wide popularity through an Australian research on couch potatoes, a lot has been said ever since. The British Broadcasting Network recently said that sitting now kills as many people as smoking.
IT executives in India are up for some more disturbing facts. Looks like even the existence of sedentary lifestyle is often not noticed and that adds to both the ignorance to deal with it and the implementation of correction.
Research is showing that at least 54% desk workers are likely to heart disease. Worse, if you are sitting continuously for six hours in a day, you get your death closer. The increased risk of death in this case is predicted 40% in women and 20% in men compared to those who sit less than three hours a day.
A twist in the tale is that you are at a lesser risk of heart attack if you are doing a job that involves continuous standing. The rate of heart disease among people with sitting jobs is twice as the above category. Bad news for Television buffs too. Every hour of the idiot box is costing 11 minutes from your life.
The most known effects of sedentary lifestyle don’t exist for fun. Metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, cancer are the results among others including a few psychological conditions like depression.
However, the scariest part of the news is that even if you are working out, doing a lot of physical work or even if you are thin and physically fit but if you spend time sitting all day, you shall die sooner.
What can you do? Immediately implementable solution is to take breaks in between every hour. Go for at least a 10-minute walk after every other hour. In an office set up, you do a few practical things. For example, if you know a certain colleague sits a few yards away from you, so instead of pinging him, walk towards him. Make sure you are at least 30 yards away from the coffee machine so you always have the chance of walking up to it. Start walking. Stop sitting continuously. It’s injurious and officially so.