(Infographic) Sitting Disease By the Numbers

It's time to kick your chair to the curb and get back on your feet at work. An alarming statistic shows that American full-time workers sit too much—and it's killing us.

"Sitting Disease," a term coined by the medical community, is causing an increasing number of Americans to gain weight, develop chronic diseases, and even die prematurely.

The easiest and most effective solution is to get up and move around more often. But with conference calls, emails and deadlines, the average American office or professional worker might find it hard to step away from their desk.

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Kathleen Hale, Co-Founder and CEO of Rebel Desk explains why stand-up and treadmill desks are ideal for the workspace. "As much as we might like to think we'll schedule walking meetings, stand up during calls, or take a lap around the block at lunch, those things require planning and are hard to implement. But when you have the option to stand or walk right at our fingertips, it becomes easy to change behaviors."

Think folks are wasting time worrying about their sitting habits? Take a look at the numbers.

Sitting Disease

What needs to be done? Employers should consider stand-up and treadmill desks as part of their health and wellness programs. More and more companies are starting to offer this benefit to employees, but not fast enough. American's waistlines and diseases increase, but can be reduced if these products are in the office environment.

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Fara Rosenzweig

Fara Rosenzweig is the Lifestyle Editor for Active.com. She is a fitness fanatic, yogi and runner who loves to try new activities. Follow Fara on Google+ or twitter @FJRose.

Fara Rosenzweig is the Lifestyle Editor for Active.com. She is a fitness fanatic, yogi and runner who loves to try new activities. Follow Fara on Google+ or twitter @FJRose.

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