Many employees in the workplace, even casual computer users, are starting to suffer from the effects of the ‘sitting disease’, a condition that develops when sitting for a long period of time. Whether at work or at home on the computer, sedentary behavior is becoming more and more prevalent as technological advances grant us the opportunity to remain in a single position for long periods of time. Recent studies have shown that sitting for many hours throughout the day, no matter what the reason, is detrimental towards a person’s health. This sedentary lifestyle has contributed to not only back pain and obesity but type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression and even certain types of colon and other cancers.
Excessive sitting impacts our body’s metabolic system: “Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.”
James Levine, MD, PhD Mayo Clinic
What’s so bad about a sedentary lifestyle?
Human beings require movement. The body thrives not only on consuming energy, but releasing it as well. The more active humans are in their daily lives, the healthier the body can get. It is human nature to stand and move rather than sit in one area for many hours. Technology is great. It made this website possible, but like any great advancement if not used wisely it can do more harm than good, in this case to your body. Sitting more than 6 hours a day is literally killing you. While some may mentally be satisfied with a sedentary lifestyle, our bodies are physically not able to accept it. In order to prevent the harmful effects of the ‘sitting disease’, one should consider the following and take it into consideration as part of their daily online activity.
Timercise is designed to remind you to stay active and combat a sedentary lifestyle. We allow you to set custom alarms that remind you to stretch or get up and move throughout the day. We provide interactive stretching and exercise guides that provide you with things you can do in an office environment or your home. We are adding new features all the time so check back often. From simple stretches to video instruction we give you all the tools you need to get moving and get healthy. There is absolutely no fee. Join our community of like minded individuals working together to combat the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle.