November 29, 2019
Sitting too much is one of the serious health threats that are changing the human form into a grotesque, monster-like shape.
The modern workplace encourages stillness, and temporary stillness gets people closer to permanent stillness.
One in four Britons sit still at their desk for so long each day that they are raising their risk of an early death, researchers have warned.
Office staff sat for the longest periods – an average of eight hours a day – followed by people in the finance industry, who sat still for an average of seven hours and 35 minutes each day.
The most active workers were in healthcare, who spent six and a half hours sitting each day on average – but only just over a third managed to achieve NHS-recommended levels of exercise. Their guidelines say that adults should aim to be physically active every day and do 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week – around 20 minutes a day.
Studies have found sitting at a desk for long periods of time raises the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. And even gym-goers are not exempt, as this remains true if people exercise before or after work.
The implications of not being able to offset the damage that sitting does are pretty big.
At the very least, it should mean that sitting so much should be considered a public health crisis and that actions should be taken to use the power of the government to reduce the things that force people to sit, like workplaces without standing desks.
Earlier this year, researchers discovered 70,000 deaths a year in the UK were linked to a lack of activity, with illness caused by inactive behaviour costing the NHS around £700million a year. The latest research, carried out by wellbeing company Westfield Health, found the average worker in the UK sits still for seven hours and two minutes every day.
Overall, 26 per cent of employees sat still for at least nine hours a day – a level of sedentary behaviour which has been linked to raising the risk of early death by as much as 250 per cent. And 30 per cent of unemployed people admitted to sitting down for at least nine hours a day.
Although 60 per cent of the 2,000 people surveyed for Westfield’s Wellbeing Index report knew inactivity was bad for their health, only 12 per cent took action to reduce the time they spent sitting down.
If governments in Western countries weren’t occupied by hostile creatures determined to bring misery to the world, the common sense thing for them to do would be to take into account people’s lack of action towards addressing this public health crisis and devise a way to impose a more active and healthy lifestyle.
But then again, if we weren’t ruled by traitors and enemies, we wouldn’t be living around the primitive-skinned and sending money to destructive lifeforms that hate us.
Two thirds blamed their employer for failing to support them to be active at work.
And a third told how they struggled to exercise because of a ‘lack of time’ or ‘low energy’, while a quarter blamed ‘low mood’ for causing a lack of motivation to exercise.
Perhaps we should piggyback on yoga’s popularity and start telling people that chairs and the sitting position suck the energy out of their root chakra.
Remember that exercise doesn’t have to take long. You can adjust the amount and type of exercise to fit your schedule. Exercising even a tiny little bit here and there is absolutely much, much better than not exercising at all.