Many of us view a relaxing evening or weekend plopped on the couch as a “reward” for a long day’s work sitting at a desk. But there’s nothing rewarding to the body about all that sedentary behavior. Americans typically spend up to 75 percent of their time at work sitting, only to put in additional hours of sitting at home. As it turns out, all this sitting is a recipe for chronic illness – even if it’s offset with bursts of exercise.
Medical science has identified several potential health issues resulting from prolonged lack of muscular activity. Sedentary lifestyle has been associated with elevated risks of:
- Insulin resistance (the precursor to type 2 diabetes)
- Brittle bones
- Heart attack
- Mood swings/depression
- Colon and breast cancer
- Immune system dysfunction
If you think you can easily counteract your hours of sitting around with daily exercise, think again. Research indicates that even an hour of daily exercise, while helpful, is not sufficient to make up for 23 hours of sedentary habits. In fact, one study found that 11 hours of daily sitting boosts people’s risk of death by 40 percent, no matter how active they are outside of those 11 hours. Maybe it’s time to get up on your feet and spend significant time there – which may mean standing at your workstation, or standing in front of the TV as you watch your favorite shows. Yes, it’s a change of lifestyle, but one that could grant you a much higher quality of life.
That’s why we developed the WalkSlide. This noiseless, easy-to-use device is a dream to use even when you’re working or relaxing at home. And you’re not just standing, you’re also moving those muscles and maintaining your overall fitness level. It’s the ideal way to stay well by staying upright!