Let’s put your sitting into perspective.
If you work 5 days a week and roughly 40 weeks/year (vacation, illness & personal days taken into account)
Here is a conservative estimate:
Sitting at meals (1 hour/day)
Sitting on the job (7 hours/day)
Transport to and from work (1 hour/day)
Watching television, relaxing, reading at night before bed (1 hour/day)
This totals 10 hours/day. I am not including the weekends either!
40 (weeks) X 5 (days/week) X 10 (hours/day)= 2000 hours/year
Congratulations!!!! Your “sitting” training is even far beyond that of any professional athlete!!!
Athlete training schedule:
800 to 1200 hours/year: Professional athletes
600-800 hours/yr: Top age grouper (nationally/internationally)
500 to 600 hours/yr: Intermediate athlete
300 to 500 hours/yr: Beginner athlete
200 to 300 hours/yr: Novice athlete
~ taken from Ed McNeely, Top Canadian Exercise Physiologist
A lot of Exercise Science research and books state that roughly 10,000 hours is required to be at the top of your game. This can take an athlete about 10 years or longer to be ranked among the best of the best. Imagine, if you have a sitting job, it will only take you HALF the time! WOW! Yet, this is not information or training of pride. It is your heath that will exponentially decrease as time rolls on 🙁
Sitting more than 6 hours/day will increase your chances of dying by 40% compared to someone who sits <3 hours/day *
Where do you rank as a Sitter?
I understand (yes and no) if you have a job where sitting is required.
All I am asking is you get up more or get a standing desk 🙂
If you are a driver how about shaking your butt on the seat, do core exercises, wiggle and jiggle!
Keep those muscles alive and well. Let’s all get in the game of Making Movement Matter.
* KatzmarzykPT, Lee I-M. Sedentary behaviourand life expectancy in the USA: a cause-deleted life table analysis. BMJ open. 2012;2(4).