Is your weekly sermon prep killing you? Your ministry job may be killing you–literally. The work you do for God and to support your family may possibly remove you from them sooner than you think. This is an article on how sitting on the job reduces longevity. In other words, how sitting is killing us. There are physiological reasons why our office jobs could lead to an earlier death. To be honest, I don’t want to be “that guy” who became so lethargic and out of shape that I’m no longer fruitful and effective for the Kingdom of God.
How Sitting on the Job Reduces Longevity
The more time one spends sitting in a day (like at many of our church offices, or at local coffee shops where we meet with folks), the greater the risk of dying within three to 15 years. A study published by the Journal of American Health Association (JAMA) in September 2012, indicates the more time at the office could mean less years of happy living as the years go by.
Many of us are aware that long periods of sitting leads to back problems. That’s just the beginning though. How sitting is killing us is that we who sit too long have an increased risk of developing heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. How many HOURS do we spend SITTING when in sermon prep each week?
Many of us are sitting while we do that. Less activity in the leg muscles impedes proper circulation as well. These can not only affect the number of years we have left, but also the quality of those years.
If you read the study referenced above, you’ll also note that regular exercise doesn’t seem to affect the outcome. Of course, regular and consistent exercise is better than none at all. If you exercise in the morning and then drive to the office and sit for the rest of the day, you’re still in the same boat as those who slept in and went straight to work!
These Boots Were Made for Walkin’
Our bodies were not created to be sedentary. The more time we spend sitting, our metabolic rate drops, therefore burning less calories. As our metabolic rate slows, energy we consume turns into fat. Sitting results in a decrease of an enzyme called “lipase,” which breaks down fat in our bodies. All of these problems contribute to chronic health problems that plague many Americans today, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
7 Remedies for Sitting on the Job
I’ve created a checklist for you on how we might reduce the risk of how sitting is killing us. Please feel free to download and share! I’m using several of the strategies and will blog in a future post about my favorite strategy and how I’ve even lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks directly because of it. No, I didn’t increase my cardio workouts. No, I didn’t really diet to lose the pounds either. Download my checklist below: