Sitting The New Smoking

The expression “sitting is the new smoking” has become popular recently. Studies have shown that prolonged sitting can have adverse health effects like smoking. While smoking and sitting are different activities, both can severely impact your health.

Sitting long periods has been linked to many health problems, including heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. In addition, studies have found that sitting for long periods can lead to poor circulation, causing blood clots and increasing the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Conversely, smoking is a well-known health hazard that can cause cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. While the risks of smoking are much more severe than sitting, both activities can lead to various health problems, and both are preventable with lifestyle changes.

Sitting for a prolonged span can be dangerous, leading to various health issues. For example, when you sit for an extended period, your body burns fewer calories, leading to weight increase, obesity, and related fitness problems such as heart condition, increased blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer.

Sitting for long periods can also cause poor circulation, directing to blood clots in the legs or deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be life-threatening. Sitting for too long can also lead to poor posture, back pain, and neck pain.

While sitting for a long time is not as harmful as smoking, studies have shown that prolonged sitting can have adverse health effects, especially if it’s a regular habit. So it’s essential to get up and regularly move, even if it’s just for a few minutes every hour.

To minimize the adverse health effects of sitting, taking frequent breaks is recommended to stand up, stretch, and move around throughout the day. It’s also a good idea to incorporate regular exercise into your routine, such as walking, jogging, or biking, to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of related health problems.

Sitting for lengthy periods can be detrimental to your health. Here are some probable threats associated with prolonged sitting

  1. Increased risk of obesity Sitting for long periods can slow your metabolism and lead to weight gain, increasing your risk of obesity.
  2. Increased risk of heart disease Prolonged sitting can increase blood pressure and cholesterol levels, increasing your risk of heart disease.
  3. Increased risk of diabetes Sitting for extended periods can lead to insulin resistance, increasing your risk of developing diabetes.
  4. Increased risk of back pain Sitting for prolonged periods can put pressure on your lower back and lead to back pain.
  5. Increased risk of muscle atrophy Sitting for long periods can cause your muscles to weaken and waste away over time.
  6. Increased risk of cancer Studies has shown that prolonged sitting can increase your risk of certain types of cancer, such as colon, breast, and endometrial cancer.
  7. Increased risk of depression and anxiety Sitting for long periods can negatively affect your mental health, leading to increased feelings of depression and anxiety.

To mitigate these risks, it’s essential to take breaks from sitting every hour or so, stand up and stretch, and move around for a few minutes. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet can also help reduce the adverse effects of prolonged sitting.

“Sitting is the new smoking” is intended to raise awareness of the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle and encourage people to reduce the time spent sitting each day. This may include standing up and walking around more frequently, using a standing desk, or incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine.


Chippy is a dreamer and optimist. She believes, we become what we hope, aspire, dream to be and knows how to make a dream or two happen. Seventeen years of experience, struggling, winning, failing, succeeding and failing again and making it, she knows what it takes to build a successful project, a business, and what it means by starting from the bottom up. It takes determination, dedication, and direction and that’s why her mission is to ‘step up & inspire.

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