Sitting May Be Harmful to Your Health – Stand Up and Move



Are YOU one of the 50-70% of people who spend more than 6 hours sitting every day?




Do YOU believe that sitting is good for your health, helps you to relax and feel better?



Research is showing us that what we once thought was good and healthy is actually harmful to our health, and even dangerous over a long period of time.  As a former Professor of Health and Physical Education, I have always known and understood the importance and value of exercise.  I knew it can stimulate your heart, improve your thinking, increase your muscle tone and endurance, and alleviate stress.  What I didn’t know, at that time, was that sitting in one place and not at least moving can cause really serious damage to your body.



Sitting Infographic



The infographic above provides important information about the health dangers of too much sitting.  This information should propel you to get up and start moving as if your life depends upon it – it does.





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1 Deborah Ten Brink { 09.08.14 at 7:17 pm }

Dr. Erica, I really enjoyed this post! I pinned the infographic, it’s so informative!

I needed to be reminded that while I spend a great deal of time working on my laptop, I have to seriously add exercise to each day as well. I was always active in sports but life happens. Things change.

What you’ve helped remind me is that even though that’s true, commitment to your health should not change. 🙂

Thank you Dr. Erica!

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2 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 09.08.14 at 9:17 pm }

You are so right. It is the commitment to your health that matters. I have realized that I was not paying enough attention so I have consciously increased my workouts – and – when I remember I get up and move around rather than sitting at the computer for long periods of time.

3 Nick Catricala { 11.10.14 at 4:50 pm }

Dr. Erica,
well, I knew sitting for too long was not good..that is why I do my best not to sit for too long.. and if I do, I get restless 🙂

What I did not know was what you shared here.. all the infographics are so powerful to learn and you can see what actually is good or not.. well.. that is more for me.. I love to use the images to remember better…
Thanks so much for providing such a great source of information in regard to staying healthy at any age.

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4 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 11.18.14 at 1:16 am }

This infographic meant a lot to me since I have been sitting for hours on end at my computer, especially when I am concentrating on writing or sharing posts. Movement is essential for health.
Dr. Erica
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5 Christopher James { 02.23.15 at 1:21 am }

That’s why I always make sure to get a move on.
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6 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 02.23.15 at 11:42 pm }

Moving is good.

7 Tracy J Thomas { 05.25.15 at 12:50 pm }

Great infographic and post. I really need to purchase a standing desk. I recently installed a tall workspace for my crafts/art where I can stand while creating and it has made a great difference for my energy level and the health of my low back. I need to do the same for my computer workspace. Thank you for the reminder :).
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8 Chery Schmidt { 05.25.15 at 6:19 pm }

Hello Dr Erica, Wowsy Not sure how I came upon this article but it is one I need to pay more attention to.. I have never been a good sitter and with all this internet stuff I need to make some adjustments..

Great Share.. Thanks Chery :))
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9 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 05.25.15 at 7:44 pm }


I never sat so much. For 25 years I was a professor of health and physical education, exercising with my classes, exercising on weekends, always moving. But with my work online, I certainly do a lot more sitting and then I say “enough” and head for the health club or go swimming.


Dr. Erica

10 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 05.25.15 at 7:45 pm }

It really is important to create a healthy work space where we are not just sitting for hours on end. Sounds as if you have found something that works for you.

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Go to and check it out.


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11 Shelley Alexander { 05.25.15 at 11:22 pm }

Dr Erica, Love this infographic! Sitting for too long is harmful to your health and it can be hard not to do this if you spend alot of time working on the computer. I do exercise every day and take frequent breaks to move around so I don’t spend too much time sitting. I will share this good post! Thanks!

12 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 05.26.15 at 1:01 am }

Although I do exercise several times each week, I am sitting for too many hours at a clip when I am involved in projects, writing and online webinars. I have to remind myself to get up and move around more often.

Dr. Erica

13 Nile { 06.02.15 at 12:52 am }

I actually need to get up and out more often. I’ve got not excuse. It really isn’t good for anyone to just sit all day. It’s certainly easy to get into that mode though.
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14 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 06.02.15 at 12:09 pm }

You do and so do I. As former professor of health and physical education, I know the importance of moving my body – and I was always extremely active physically. Sitting at the computer is not good for our health, so we have to remember to get up and move and stretch and get away from the computer as often as possible.


Dr. Erica

15 Mark { 06.08.15 at 1:37 pm }

What a teferrific article Dr.Erica!

And not really surprising at all! funny how supposedly as we have evolved as human beings, our long term health outlook has never been more in jeopardy!LOL!

I absolutely love your infographic!

Because it visually chronicles our regression, instead of progression, if you will!LOL!

We’re far less physically active, therefore far less mentally active!

But sometimes, we just need to be reminded of the fact! Thanks!What an interesting and highly informative read!
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16 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 06.09.15 at 4:01 pm }


I’ve done a lot of research and reading about centenarians and super-centenarians. They are always active, eating healthy, moving around and enjoying family and community activities. That is what keeps them going and going.


Dr. Erica

17 Bill Davis { 07.28.15 at 6:01 pm }

I know for a fact that sitting for long periods of time has been bad FOR ME.

It’s not just the lack of activity, but the poor posture we suffer with just to sit in front of a computer screen to type away.

I do try to get up every hour, plus I do a couple circuits in the backyard gym 2-3 times a day. And I try to get in some cycle time every day as well as some hikes in on the weekends.

But I feel so much worse now that I sit for long periods of time versus when I worked retail and never sat down until the end of my day.

18 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 07.29.15 at 12:21 am }


It is so true that sitting, as so many of us do with our computers, can actually be harmful to our health. As a former professor of health and physical education, I was always working out and moving and standing. But in recent years, I have spent more and more hours sitting at the computer.


Dr. Erica

19 Karen Peltier { 08.03.15 at 11:55 pm }

Hi Erica.

I read a recent study that showed that sitting all day is just as bad for your health as if you were overweight. So, I agree, we really need to get up and get moving.

In time, I think our society is going to have to take this into consideration and maybe restructure what a common workday or school day should really look like — for the sake of our health. How long that will take I really don’t know. But I think change is necessary.
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20 Bharat Sharma { 02.06.16 at 7:17 pm }

Hi Dr. Erica,
Sitting is not at all bad as long as we are not overdoing it or as long as we are not sitting at a place for a long long time without moving for few minutes. Sitting for long duration at a particular location can bring a lot of negative effects to our health and it is important for us to include movement in our life.

21 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 02.06.16 at 9:51 pm }


Of course sitting for short periods of time is okay, but with the computer it is easy to sit for hours at a time.
I can easily get caught up in social media or in writing a blog or article or creating a set of slides. And that
is when sitting too much can be a problem. I always do reach a point when I just turn off the computer and move around, often heading for my health club for a workout.

Dr. Erica

22 Kathryn Maclean { 04.24.16 at 4:02 pm }

Hi Dr. Erica, Love this infographic! Sitting for too long is harmful to your health big time. I do try not to spend alot of time working on the computer. If I do I make sure to get up every hour and take a break. A timer helps. My Mother in law sat in her chair for years, and had her husband wait on her. She ended up in a nursing home with no use of her legs at all. Do not do this. Exercise daily!!!