Sitting is a slow but sure killer: four facts about sitting and break exercises
1. Sitting is harmful to health
Adults spend more than three-quarters of their waking hours, lying down or standing still. Taking their cue from adults, today’s children and adolescents imitate the passive lifestyle of grownups. Sitting causes musculoskeletal, cardiac and circulatory problems. It also leads to overweight, decreases sleep quality and slows down metabolism.
According to the national guidelines of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, attempts should be made to reduce the amount of sitting at work, at school and during free time. The Finnish Spinal Health Association recommends changing your position every 30 minutes and taking regular breaks for exercise. This will boost circulation and metabolism, redistribute the load to the muscles in the body, and keep the musculoskeletal system supple.
Studies show that exercise during leisure time is not enough to counter the harmful effects of sitting, which is why the body should be kept active during the working day by changing positions and regular break exercise.