We might be sitting ourselves to death, according to a blog by the Harvard Business Review. Prolonged sitting, which is generally defined as sitting nine hours a day, slows metabolism and can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to various new studies.
"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."
According to the New York Times, an Australian study conducted on nearly 9,000 participants suggests that the risk of dying rises by 11% for each additional hour spent in front of the television per day.
"Research shows that this lack of physical activity is directly tied to 6% of the impact for heart diseases, 7% for type 2 diabetes, and 10% for breast cancer, or colon cancer. You might already know that the death rate associated with obesity in the US is now 35 million. But do you know what it is in relationship to Tobacco? Just 3.5 million."
Read more about the dangers of prolonged sitting here.