How to Find Out If You're Sitting Too Much

How to Find Out If You're Sitting Too Much

Whether you believe it or not, you are probably sitting way too much.

Were you aware that you probably sit for more hours every day than you sleep? People have never sat as much as they do today.

It is hardly coincidence that human beings are sitting more than they ever have before, and the present generation of children are predicted to be the first in human history to live shorter lifespans than their parents.

But exactly how much sitting is too much? There is an easy way to find out if you sit too much and stand too little.

You can purchase a wireless sleep and activity tracker that automatically records how much you sit, and how much you stand or move.

Another simple way to see if you are sitting too much is to use a free online stopwatch to keep track of your sitting hours.

The number you are shooting for is less than 3 to 5 hours a day. That is the line where your time spent sitting really begins to do damage.

This is so important, because the minute you sit, your calorie burn drops to 1 calorie per minute. Your electrical muscle activity plummets. After just 3 hours of sitting, your artery dilation decreases by a dangerous 50%.

Remember that extended periods of sitting are worse than cumulative. In other words, if you sit for 5 hours at a time each day, that is more unhealthy than 5 hours spread out throughout the day.

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