Get Off Your Butt and Save Your Life

The Truth about Sitting DownOkay, people, this is your wake up call. Sitting on your butt is killing you!

While the advent of PC’s, internet, awesome TV’s, and video games has been great, it also gives us more reasons to sit on our butt more (as if we needed more reasons).  By the time we count the work-related hours spent sitting at a desk and/or in front of a computer and our recreational-related hours spent sitting playing video games, watching television, or surfing the internet, it gets alarming.

According to the Mayo Clinic, researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Adults who log over 4 hours per day in sitting in front of a computer or television have:

  •  A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause
  • About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack

How Sitting Wrecks Your Body-large

Yes, we have moved to a more sedentary lifestyle over the past 50-100 years. I am a prime example of being a victim of this lifestyle:

  • I drive 1 hour+ each morning to get to work
  • I work 9-10 hours each day, sitting at a computer, in meetings, etc.
  • I drive 1 hour+ each evening to get home
  • I sit down to eat, watch TV, blog, surf the internet, etc
  • I go to bed

So, during the work week, I am literally sitting, in some form or fashion, for 16+ hours per day, 5 days a week (80+ hours). Hmmm. Not a very active lifestyle. However, I am health conscious and make a point of getting off my butt throughout the day to keep the blood flowing by walking laps in the hallway around the inside of our building several times a day, walking with my wife after I get home, etc.  Even, worse, this has been my routine for the last 20 years…

I am a poster child for sitting too much. True to the Mayo Clinic opinion above, I became overweight (not obese); flirted with high blood pressure; had excess body fat around the waist; and fought high cholesterol levels for years. And yes, I’ve had cancer.

Was all this caused by sitting too much? I don’t know, but I’m sure it contributed to it. Fortunately, I did become health conscious and started eating right, exercising more, and taking better care of myself.

Jabba the Hut

So, if you want to live longer; and not look like this guy…


Sources: Mayo Clinic, (images)

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