Get Up and Get Movin’!

How living a sedentary lifestyle is tied to obesity and other health risks

Numbers don’t lie. Over 50% of the population in the United States are either overweight or obese. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity. Also, the prevalence of obesity has remained fairly stable at 17% and affects about 12.7 million children and adolescents (aged 2-19 years).

In a digital age, there has been an increase in the amount of time spent on electronic devices rather than time spent outdoors and engaging in physical activity. For instance, Americans devote more than 10 hours a day to screen time (laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, video games, etc.), and the number is steadily growing.

In total, Americans sit an average of 13 hours a day and sleep an average of eight hours resulting in a sedentary lifestyle of around 21 hours a day. Furthermore, 70% of full time American workers hate sitting, yet 86% do it all day, every day. (Source: PRNewswire).

The Washington Post released an infographic in 2014 that broke down the health hazards that come from sitting for prolonged periods of time on a daily basis. The infographic shows the effects that sitting has on your body from head-to-toe and delves into the internal effects that are linked to both long term and even fatal diseases. For those who have no choice but to sit at their respective workplaces, it shows the proper posture to have while doing so, as well as a few stretches that can help loosen your muscles.

Listed below are options to consider incorporating into your day-to-day to increase physical activity: Continue reading