How To Avoid The Dangers Of Sitting For Long Periods

Sitting in a chair all day is dangerous in many ways. That’s actually the focus of an upcoming Edudemic Magazine article that discusses the common thread of movement among all of today’s popular classroom models. But if sitting is so dangerous, what can you do to avoid the dangers associated with it? We all can’t quit our jobs and just run all day long. (Well, we shouldn’t do that, probably)

Scroll down below the cartoon to view the infographic with all the details on the dangers of sitting.

Lucky for you (and me), Yumi Sakugawa drew up a handy cartoon that you should probably print out and post on your office door, teacher’s lounge bulletin board, or just keep bookmarked. I’m going to try and do most of these things from now on. Are you?


  1. Mary Madsen

    August 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Sitting for long periods of time really is a big problem. I know because I used to do it for 8+ hours a day at my job. I realized that I was more tired and just felt like crap. It was amazing how much better I felt when I made a concerted effort to stand up and move around frequently throughout the day. I also bought an exercise ball to sit on. It also makes a big difference.

    • Jeff Dunn

      August 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks for the advice Mary! Glad to hear you were able to get up and keep moving!

  2. Robin Le Roy-Kyle

    August 15, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I gain weight every summer…. because I’m out of the classroom, off my feet, working on my home computer for 12+ hours a day. Two-hour intervals is my planned strategy: comptuer x 2h, walk x 30 min, back to computer…. BUT it never works out that way. And BUTT gets bigger. :) Glad school is starting!

  3. Mary McElvain

    August 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    With bad, painful knees this is realllly a problem for me. I have put a desk in front and in back, with the students facing the middle with an isle in the middle so I can get up, walk to one desk and stand for awhile, then sit, then go back to the other desk and do the same. That way there IS no back of the classroom, and I am moving. I walk in the morning and during lunch as much as I can, with my goal being to double the distance by Christmas. Add to that my campaign to lose weight, and I shall have an easier time walking!