It is a well-established scientific fact the human body was simply not designed to sit for many hours at a time. Our ancestors walked an average of eleven miles per day while hunting, gathering, and recreating. Ironically, the very technology we use today to make our lives easier—so we can press buttons to perform our work, communicate, order food, or play games—is also killing us.What Are the Effects of Sitting Disease?
The advent of computing tools, cellphones, modern transportation, and an overabundance of enticing television programming is having significant detrimental effects on our society’s health as a whole, as now evidenced in the explosive rise of sitting disease. [...]
Sitting disease, in a nutshell, is a wind-down of the body’s metabolism that occurs when we sit for too long at one time. The most direct effect is a lowering of the body’s “resting rate,” called the basal metabolic rate (BMR). Think of it as your heart rate when you’re just sitting still. We burn a few calories just keeping the vital organs working, digesting our last meal, pumping blood through the veins, exercising the brain cells, etc.
Merely standing raises the body’s BMR significantly, as the heart has to work harder to keep the body erect. Walking at a slow pace of 1 to 2 mph raises the BMR further still, and with it, our background calorie burn. The Mayo [...]
Each year the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the roster of “The Most Dangerous Jobs in the United States.” It takes a few years to compile this data, so the most recent report, just released, discloses that in 2013 only 4,585 workers died on the job, representing 3.3 deaths per 100,000 workers, per year. The good news is that the trend is improving, as are most safety trends such as aviation and automobile accidents.
If you scan the report there’s some interesting data about who is at greatest risk. Perhaps not terribly surprising, the statistics are highly skewed towards male workers, over the age of 45, [...]