Pueblo Active Community Environments (P.A.C.E.)

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Thanks to modern conveniences like cars, computers, office jobs and such, Americans on average sit 7.5 hours per day.  Recent studies show increased health risks such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer with sitting more than 3 hours per day.  Obesity is on the rise in all age groups. Worldwide, sitting is ranked behind smoking as the most costly bad habit to society in terms of health care associated expenses.  

One simple way to make a healthy change and increase calories burned every day is to SIT LESS and MOVE MORE!  Just get up and move.  Take a short walk around the office, go up or down a few flights of stairs, stand and lift your knees or stand, drop a paperclip and pick it up.  Just get those large lower muscles engaged every 30-60 minutes! 

You can also just stand instead of sit!  Ask your employer for a standing workstation if you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk.  If you replace 3 hours of sitting each day with standing, over the course of a year you will burn the number of calories used in TEN marathons!  

So take the Take 5 Challenge and get more active!  Start with something small and manageable and add a little more each week.  Find some friends or coworkers to make a healthy change with you!  

It does not have to be hard, make it fun, make it a part of every day life! You can get plenty of exercise and not break a sweat or need to go to a gym, just throw a little more activity into every hour!