This is a great post you should read. Some of us still shake their head and wonder why they can’t lose weight, but if you read this it will spell out the problem that most of us have with our weight.
What’s the Worst Time of Day for Sitting Too Much?
By Wendy Bumgardner
Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for heart disease, even if you exercise, according to studies. Now that so many people are wearing activity trackers, Fitbit looked at anonymous aggregated data from over a million users to see who sits the most and when. It is enlightening.
The Worst Times of Day for Being Sedentary
Fitbit’s data showed three times of day were the most likely to find you sitting or slumped at your desk.
Afternoon from 2 pm – 3 pm
After-coffee/before lunch – prime work/meeting time of 10:30 – 11 am
After work and after dinner, specifically from 7:30-8:30 pm.
10 Tips to Stop Sitting Still: If you know when you are the most likely to be inactive, you can literally take these steps.
If you know when you are the most likely to be inactive, you can literally take these steps.
Work and Sit More, Retire and Sit Less
The stereotype is that you retire to your armchair, but Baby Boomers never did like to be conventional. Total sedentary time decreases after age 55 and right around retirement age from ages 58-66, people sit less.
This reflects on what happens when you enter the workforce. The Fitbit data found that people from age 20 to 25 had their total sitting time go up an hour. Sitting time continues to increase by 30 minutes from age 24 to 30 and up another 30 minutes between the ages of 30 and 55. That’s a total of two more hours of sitting compared with their school-age years. This is concerning because one study found that for each hour of sitting, heart disease risks rise 14%
30 Easy Ways to Walk 2000 More Steps per Day: Use these hacks to ensure you are getting up and moving around for 250 steps each hour of the work day.
Which Countries Sit the Most?
Oddly enough, it is in Spain that people are the least inactive during the workday, even though many still observe siesta in the afternoon. They are inactive for only 5 hours, 2 minutes before 6 pm, which is 45 minutes less than the average for the USA and China. It could be that a siesta break from sedentary work is what keeps them moving. Combined with a tradition of going for an evening walk, paseo, it could be that Spain is ahead of the game for reducing sedentary time.
Hours of Inactive Time Before 6 pm by Country – Fitbit Data
New Zealand: 5:35
Figure out what time of day is bad for you and do something about it. When you add the time you spend in bed to the time you’re sitting, most overweight adults are on their feet fewer hours than the hours sitting or lying down. As a matter of fact, some adults are only on their feet about 4 hours a day. I put this in bold for a good reason. Even a one-hour workout can’t erase the damage we do with that much sitting.
So what’s the answer? Work from a standup desk with a stool so you can stand or sit. This isn’t a new idea, many people work this way today. Our grandparents worked this way. Many blue-collar workers work this way now. Anything that will cut down the number of hours we sit. The desk that we sit at has been the biggest contributor to our health problems. This type of inactivity combined with a bad diet has ruined the health of millions of Americans.
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