Work-Life Strategies & Solutions

On the Evolution of Work Systems in the Digital Economy

Sitting Is Killing You [Infographic]

Just in time for Halloween season! Here are some scary figures illustrating some health consequences of spending much of our days seated. We have been hearing about the health hazards of sedentary office work more recently, so none of this may come as a surprise.

Sitting around watching television or engaging in computer-related activities during our free time is, of course, a choice that some of us make. Unless you have a standing desk or treadmill desk however, you’re likely required to spend most of your workday sitting if you are an office worker. It’s common for commuting to add another 1-2 hours to this, leading to the total of 9.3 hours spent sitting down per day as cited below. Telecommuting can make a difference by freeing up time that many of us need in order to fit in physical activity. While considering the option to telecommute, keep in mind that the good health of individual employees is also important for the organizations they work for.

Sitting is Killing You [Infographic]

Finally, as I am not a medical professional, I invite readers to critique or expand on the information presented in this infographic (via Thanks!

2 responses to “Sitting Is Killing You [Infographic]

  1. Malcolm Greenhill December 12, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I’m one of the worst offenders. Looks I don’t have many posts left 🙂

    • Lynn Patra December 12, 2014 at 1:13 am

      I realized the same thing about myself, haha. So, I went out and purchased a small portable cycling exercise machine that fits under my desk. This works out well for when I’m engaged in more physically passive activities like watching videos or reading – though not writing, as I’m one of those people who can’t “walk and chew gum” at the same time so to speak. 😛

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