Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation

In this eye-opening article, the Harvard Business Review discusses the largely unacknowledged epidemic of sedentary lifestyles in the 21st century. Touching on its connections to obesity and traditional vices like tobacco, it points out how time spent sitting in today’s world is unprecedented.

“As we work, we sit more than we do anything else. We’re averaging 9.3 hours a day, compared to 7.7 hours of sleeping. Sitting is so prevalent and so pervasive that we don’t even question how much we’re doing it. And, everyone else is doing it also, so it doesn’t even occur to us that it’s not okay. In that way, I’ve come to see that sitting is the smoking of our generation.”

The author goes on to describe “a simple change when I switched one meeting from a coffee meeting to a walking-meeting. I liked it so much it became a regular addition to my calendar; I now average four such meetings, and 20 to 30 miles each week.”

You’ll find more startling statistics and insight in the original article as well as throughout our website. The more you learn, the more you’ll want to explore our shop to find an easy way to make the hours spent sitting less painful. And, hopefully, you’ll also find more ways to get up and out the door, helping yourself break a deadly habit.

Story from Harvard Business Review: © Harvard Business School Publishing

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