The average office worker will sit for 80,000 hours in lifetime. That is the equivalent of sitting in a car and travelling 320 times around Australia.
We are a nation of sitters. A recent survey by the Bluearth Foundation, highlighted that:
- 4 out of 5 people want to sit less
- 98% of people had heard that extended periods of sitting was not good for your health, yet nearly 1 in 2 people sat for more than 8 hours a day, increasing their risk of early death.
- 58% of respondents would like physical changes to the work environment and 37% would like to see cultural change ie seeing others move more and sit less.
Nearly 70% of respondents thought that 30 minutes of physical activity a day is enough to keep you healthy. Yet if you sit all day, you are negating these health benefits. 30 minutes is great for improving your health but it is even better if you try and stand after long periods of sitting and best if you both stand and incorporate movement throughout the day.
In response to survey findings, Bluearth has recently launched Move More Sit Less – a national health promotion campaign to encourage and support people to move more and sit less. The site offers tips and ideas for workplaces, schools and families along with great posters to download. Visitors can also assess their sitting habits and take the sitting calculator test.
To read further about this initiative click here or visit www.movemoresitless.org.au