June 17, 2011

The Dangers of Sitting Too Much - It Can Kill You

This graphic demonstrates the dangers of sitting at your desk too much and too long.


I've started using a standing desk for a least a part of my work day, and I really enjoy it.  A friend told me that Ernest Hemingway always used as standing desk and I found this photo of Hemingway posing next to his standing desk (here) - cool, right? 

Me, I wasn't influenced by Ernest Hemingway.  It was much more basic:  I got the standing desk because I didn't like sitting at the keyboard for long periods of time (in the words of author Robin Lee Hatcher, I was getting "numb butt"). 

I also appreciate the warnings that are now coming out like this one at Boing Boing:  sitting without getting up for breaks is bad for your body. As in, sitting for many hours at a time, as a routine practice, is extremely bad for you and causes all sorts of problems with your gastrointestinal system, your heart, and other things.  Beware.

So, standing desk or not, get up if you're at a computer right now and move - or at least, stand. 

2 comments:

Angel Jem said...

As a teacher of 4 to 7 year olds, sitting anywhere would be good. Interesting info, though. I quite like standing up to work for a while.

Reba Kennedy said...

Hi Angel Jem,

I imagine that getting a chance to set with all those little ones would be a welcomed break! :-D

Yes, me too: I like it ... the more that I incorporating standing into my work day the better the day goes.

Thanks for writing!
Reba