“Sitting is the new smoking.”

It’s a bold claim, for sure – but its shock value does not make it any less true. And according to an article recently published by The Globe and Mail, it’s a claim you may be hearing a lot over the coming years.

The article introduces an eye-opening study led by Dr. Emma Wilmot at the University of Leicester in Britain, wherein her team compared disease rates between the most active and least active participants. The results were recently published in the medical journal Diabetologia, and they include some pretty scary statistics: Inactivity increases the risk of heart attack or stroke by 147%, the risk of developing diabetes by 112%, the risk of dying from a cardiac event by 90%, and the risk of dying prematurely by 49%. And, as The Globe and Mail states, you can’t always tell by looking at someone whether or not they’re at risk:

“In recent years, the focus has been on the staggering increase in the number of years of people who are overweight and obese. That discussion was refined a bit with an emphasis on belly size and waist-to-hip ratio – recognition of where we put on weight matters.

But weight is only a part of the story. You can be fat and fit, and you can be thin and unfit.

What is highly unlikely is, regardless of your body shape, that you are sedentary and healthy.”

Click here to read the entire article and see how you can counter the harm your many hours of siting (at your desk, in your car, in front of the TV…) is doing to your body. While many of us are required to spend much of our time sitting, there are things we can do to help prevent the health problems listed in the study. One of those things is to make sure that when we are sitting, we’re sitting properly – with minimal strain to our backs and necks. That’s where BackJoy® comes in – Visit our website for products and tips to improve your posture today!

By Liana Orenstein