Today Is the Day to Quit Your Sedentary Lifestyle

Mounting research on the negative effects of sitting prompts ‘National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day’

From your morning commute to 8+ hours at your desk job and then a night spent in front of the TV, you’re sitting all day long—and you’re not alone.

According to, 86 percent of Americans sit all day at work and it’s incredibly hazardous to their health. An alarming amount of research has linked a sedentary lifestyle with an increased risk of obesity, heart disease and certain types of cancers—and according to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a sedentary lifestyle is also linked to a 91 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Related: Sitting is the New Smoking—7 Ways a Sedentary Lifestyle is Killing You

Prompted by the mounting research, the American Diabetes Association and more than 200 companies planned the first "National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day", which is taking place today, May 6, 2015. Created to bring attention to the dangers of prolonged sitting and to get people moving, the American Diabetes Association and partner companies put together an e-Toolkit to help you get involved.

One of the main partner companies, Ergotron, also created a sitting calculator to bring attention to just how much you’re sitting and an infographic, which you can find below. The American Diabetes Association suggests people should get up and move at least once every 90 minutes to offset the negative effects of sitting.

“Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes,” said Janel Wright, JD, Board Chair for the Association. “If we prevent these cases from ever developing by implementing simple changes in our work and lifestyle, that will benefit millions and save billions in healthcare costs.”

Address your sedentary lifestyle and start making changes today, that’s the message—and with the statistics becoming harder and harder to ignore, it’s time to stand.

Infographic courtesy of Ergotron’s JustStand.orgClick here to see a larger version.