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The #truth about #sitting – Is it a deadly #hobby?

Take a seat, please! This polite invitation offers a chance to take a load off your feet, rest for a moment and settle in. That politeness might shock you, especially when you read what I plan on writing here next. This statement might seem weird or disgusting and for a moment you might even think I am spewing some sort of dramatic propaganda. Are you ready? I want to tell you that sitting is deadly.

Sitting shuts down your metabolism, shrinks you muscles, and exhausts your brain. It challenges your body from year to year, silently, unnoticed, without drama, and without causing any noticeable disruptions. It gathers strength from polite invitations to take a seat and from societal norms, because no one has thought to question the existence of these norms.

Do not blame the person who offered you a seat for giving you a death sentence; you are both the victims of societal norms that have been accepted for years. Unfortunately, we have not considered the problem; rather we have accepted things as they currently happen to be. We do not want to change right now because everything seems to easy, good, and normal. And what is worse? We do not know that there are other options!

Sadly, I have to tell you that the scary truth about sitting is not a fairytale; rather it is based on solid facts. I want to explain my statements as best as I can through this blog so that my dramatic statements do not make you suspicious of my motives. I want to take you with me to examine the results of top scientists with the intention of inspiring you to make an exception to the current societal norms.

Sitting is, of course, a part of our daily life. Rest, on occasion, is good for you and is a well-deserved way to reward yourself for a job well done. Sitting as much as we do on a daily basis, however, has surpassed our bodies’ level of tolerance. The act of sitting has taken over our daily lives in a sly and innocent way. Sitting is associated with all sorts of irresistible things, but the consequences of sitting cannot be ignored. Our changing society has made sitting deadly.

Arto Pesola
Arto Pesola

Everyday Activity Scientist


Fibion Inc.

PhD in Exercise Physiology, Author of the 'Revolution of Natural Exercise' book

Some years ago, I was asked about my future plans. Without much of thinking I replied: “I want to make the world a better place where people don’t need to sit so much”. This spontaneous answer was the leading light to finish my PhD degree and forward to new business opportunities in health technology aiming at making life healthier - with less sitting. For my blog posts, I have used material from my book "Luomuliikunnan vallankumous" (engl. The revolution of everyday activity) (Fitra 2014).