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Rest position supported by the buttocks or thighs where the torso is more or less upright

  • Sitting 6 plus hours per day makes you up to 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than 3. Even if you exercise.
  • People with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs.
  • Obese people sit for 2.5 more hours per day than thin people.
  • Sitting time increased 8% in the US between 1980 and 2000.
  • Electrical activity in the leg muscles shuts off as soon as you sit.
  • Calorie burning in body drops to 1 per minute as soon as you sit.
  • Enzymes that help break down fat in body drop 90% as soon as you sit.
  • After 2 hours of sitting, good cholesterol drops 20%
  • After 24 hours of sitting, insulin effectiveness drops 24% and risk of diabetes rises.
  • Walking burns 3-5 times the calories in the body that sitting does.
  • Sitting 3 or more hours per day watching TV are 64% more likely to die from heart disease.
  • Those who exercise but sit 3 or more hours per day in front of the TV are just as fat
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