How do you know if you’re sitting too much?

You’ve been sitting for a while, but you can’t really remember how long it’s been. If that’s the case then, chances are, you’ve been sitting too long!

Too Much Sitting

But things aren’t always so cut-and-dry. You know that excessive sitting is referred to as the sitting disease, a condition that increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and a slew of other illnesses. You just aren’t sure if you’ve been sitting too long. So, time to develop a little self-awareness and create new habits before things get out of hand.

Signs you’re sitting too much:

You just feel… blah. Time to get the blood pumping! Your body has been stagnant too long and is asking you for a little movement.

You’re feeling down. Excessive sitting increases loneliness and depression. And it’s easy to understand why: sitting alone is isolating. So get up, take a walk around the office, and say hello to a colleague.

You feel on-edge. You’re feeling irritable and anxious, but you’re not sure why. Sitting could be to blame; it’s been linked to increased anxiety.

You’re gaining weight, or you feel bloated. When you sit for longer than 15 minutes, your digestion slows down. Don’t wait for that to happen; have a quick walk or stretch throughout the day.

You’ve got a sore back or headache. Pain is your body’s way of sending out an SOS. If you’ve developed a headache or backache, it’s likely you’ve been sitting too long.

If you’ve noticed these symptoms, you’re not alone. The average person is sedentary for 21 hours every day. To calculate your time spent sitting at work, use this helpful  Sitting Calculator from

How Your Posture Affects Work Performance and Well-Being

“Rona, how can you work like that?” Marsha asks, peering into my office.

“What do you mean?” I just tidied my office last week so it can’t be the usual clutter she is referring to.

“Sitting at the edge of your chair like that, all hunched over to read the screen.”

I sit back and straighten up. She’s right. The neck cramps were just starting to kick in. “Ah, bad habit,” I reply.


She smiles at me sympathetically. “May I come in?”

“Sure, of course.” I wave her in. It’s not like I was having a productive morning anyway.

“I’ve been doing some research on office ergonomics,” Marsha begins. “I learned body posture has a significant impact on quality of work.”

Makes sense. I nod, encouraging her to continue. Marsha always comes up with these great ideas for improving our workplace. I wonder what she has up her sleeve this time.

“The most important solution is to take short breaks every 30 minutes,” she continues.

“Did Andy put you up to this?” I joke. It sounds like a classic Andy move – finding any excuse to get out of a full day of work.

“I know it sounds a bit crazy, but getting away from your desk periodically can actually improve productivity,” Marsha explains. “And that’s not all. There are also a number of products that are designed to improve your health when sitting at a desk all day.”

She sets this month’s Office Plus flyer on my desk and turns to page 2.
“See these Footrests?” She asks. “There’s also the Fellowes Mesh Backrest and Adjustable Keyboard Tray,” she says, pointing to each product.

I nod, feeling the pressure in my back begin to subside just thinking about it.

“This is what you need,” Marsha says, pointing to the Corner Monitor Riser. “It elevates your monitor to eye level. So no more hunching.”

“Marsha, this is fantastic. Let’s make an order and get all employees on the same page here.”

A wide grin spreads across Marsha’s cheeks. “I’m on it!” She says, hurrying out the door in excitement.

I look back at my computer screen, adjusting my chair to the proper height and pulling my shoulders back in efforts to fix my posture. It’s hard to do without the proper furniture and supplies.

Alright, 30 minutes until my next break, I smile to myself. Better make them productive.