Are you sitting down while you're reading this? (Maybe you should stand up!) Because I'm going to give you some not-so-fun facts about what sitting in your chair is doing to you. Here's the sad truth: You are shortening your life! As writers (and readers) know, sitting seems to be an occupational hazard. Yes, I know there are people who read and write standing up, and there are treadmill desks, but seriously, do you know anyone who uses one?
On the surface, your favorite chair may look harmless, even comfy. Reading, writing, checking e-mail, listening to music, who wouldn't want to curl up for hours on end?
Except there are those nagging statistics: The American Cancer Society studied 123,000 people over a 14 year period, and here's what they found.
*Women who sit for more than 6 hours a day were about 40% more likely to die during the course of the study that those sat fewer than 3 hours a day.
* People who work in a sedentary job have almost twice the risk of a particular type of colon cancer. Sitting also increases the risk of obesity (no surprise), type 2 diabetes and depression.
*Unfortunately the damage done by "sitting" can't be undone by adding exercise to your day. Sitting is just plain bad for you (like smoking.)
*OSHA recommends mixing non computer-related tasks into the workday.
So whether your chair is ultra-modern...
it's hazardous to your health!
What to do? If you're fond of reading curled up in your favorite chair, why not try an audiobook? Have you visited the Incredible Indie Authors Audio page on FB?
It has terrific suggestions for audio books that will delight you. So now you can listen and move. Just keep moving, that's the key! Good luck. No more couch potatoes and we'll all be happier and healthier.