Most of us spend 9 to 10 hours of our day sitting. Even on weekends, the average person sits for 8 hours! We all suffer from a culture of sitting, and too much sitting is downright dangerous for our health. What exactly goes wrong in our bodies (and mind) when we have to sit 6 hours or more per day? How to limit the risks when sitting is unavoidable? That's what The Sitting Chef is all about.
The more you sit, the shorter you live
For people who sit most of the day, their risk of a heart attack is about the same as smoking, say cardiologists. Research shows that extensive sitting raises your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes 2, cancer (breast and colon) and obesity. Too much sitting is called as a risk factor in many of the most common causes of death and reduces your life expectancy. The evidence for this debilitating disease is piling up. According to research by the American Cancer Society, the more you sit, the shorter your average life span will be. According to WHO, 60 to 85% of people in the world lead sedentary lifestyles, making it one of the more serious yet insufficiently addressed public health problems of our time.
How much do YOU sit?
Just think about how many hours each day YOU sit. Don't we all suffer from a culture of sitting? Take a look at your lifestyle, and you'll soon realize that between sitting in your car, sitting at your desk at work, sitting in front of the TV, sitting in front of your games console, sitting to eat, sitting in a meeting or classroom and... sleeping, you hardly move any more. We have engineered physical activity out of our daily lives and it's taking a real toll on our health, individually and collectively.
How can you limit the risks?
Activity really matters - to your heart, your brain, your lungs, kidneys and bones and to your sexual health. But... studies show that even if you exercise, sitting six to eight hours a day still significantly increases your risk of dying from any cause. So the ideal solution to avoid Sitting Disease would be to eliminate 95% of our sitting. But the truth is: prolonged sitting is still an unavoidable part of most people's lives. So most of us can't avoid sitting all together, but we can create better eating habits and more awareness around this problem and take personal responsibility when it comes to our lifestyle choices. A sedentary lifestyle requires a totally different eating pattern and really different approach to nutrition than we are accustomed to.
Eye opening book
This eye-opening book will help expand your knowledge of the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle, healthier foods and better lifestyle choices and gives you more options for every day healthy living, despite your physical inactivity. Former wheelchair super model and bestselling author Annemarie is living proof that, despite the fact that she is in a wheelchair for over 35 years now, she can still feel fit, vital and healthy and have an amazing radiance and appearance. That's why she is often called "The Sitting Paradox".
Annemarie's health and
As a professional model in a wheelchair, people often ask her how she manages to stay and look so healthy and energetic. They also want to know what they can do to raise their own vibe, energy level, or
improve their bodyweight and appearance. This guide offers the answer to those questions and reveals Annemarie's health and beauty secrets.
Annemarie: "My disability forced me to face the facts at a very early age; my physical limitations made eating consciously an absolute necessity. This caused me to develop a new way of eating that could also be interesting for you!"
Annemarie de Vries-Postma, AKA The Sitting Chef
Photo: Nico Kroon
Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise.
Photo: Nico Kroon