The science of why sitting all day is bad for your health
– Joe, do you sit all day? – Of course I sit all day. What, am I gonna have a
standing desk like a psycho? – Sitting all day might
actually be killing you. Guess I’ll have to
Science the (bleep) out of this one myself. – Time to do a little sitting. – Joe, what are you doing? – Sitting down. Feels great. Sitting totally rocks. – Yeah, that’s not a good thing. – So why don’t you explain to me these alleged health effects that I might experience
from sitting all day. – Numerous studies over the
years have linked too much sitting to a greater risk of obesity, higher blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, or even ultimately premature death due to stroke, cardiovascular disease, or certain types of cancer. – Death? I hate death. Oh, sitting. Now, maybe I haven’t done
as much research as you have but standing all day is bull (bleep). I’ve had jobs where I’ve stood all day and that really is uncomfortable too. – I mean, it’s not that
much better for you. – Ah, I knew it. – One of the differences
between standing and sitting is that standing burns
a few more calories. One study showed that it was about nine more calories per hour. Multiply that by an eight hour day. That’s about 72 calories. Or, a quarter of a candy
bar, which is not very much. As far as your overall
health is concerned, standing in one place for
extended periods of time versus sitting in one place
for that same amount of time isn’t going to make much of a difference. – Just by virtue of
sitting in this building, I am going to get some sort
of cancer or have a stroke? – Well, not necessarily. – The working stiff can’t
win in this country, am I right?
– Not necessarily. So, there are ways you can combat this. – One message is clear: movement is the key. Experts at Cornell suggest
getting up and moving every 20 to 30 minutes. It can be as simple as getting up and walking
around for a few minutes. But, the key here is
getting your muscles working and getting that blood flowing. – Oh, I like this. So, something healthy like get up, go to the kitchen, grab a doughnut.
– No. – Get a soda.
– No. – Alright. So at this point in the video,
I think we can both agree exercise totally sucks. But, hypothetically speaking,
if I wanted to exercise to offset the damages
done by glorious sitting, what would I have to do? – 150 minutes of moderate
exercise a week has been shown to reduce your overall
mortality rate by seven percent compared to if you were
just sitting around all day and not exercising at all. Now, if you increase
that amount of time to 300 minutes of moderate exercise a week, that can actually reduce
your overall mortality rate by 14 percent. Not bad. Joe!
– What? – What are you doing? I just explained to you
why sitting is so bad. – Yeah I know, I’m taking a break. – No, that’s not what I said. You need to be moving with your break. You know, if you’re sitting all day, it’s going to be bad for your heart, it’s bad for your brain, it’s bad for your arteries, it’s bad for your overall health. It will make you die sooner. – Ohh… – Get the (bleep) up. – Alright. Geez. You’re starting to sound like me. – Now move. – Okay, alright, I’m moving,
I’m moving, I’m moving, I’m leaving, I’m leaving, goodbye. – Bye, Joe.
– See ya. Bye guys.