Think about how much time you spend sitting each day. In the car? On public transportation? At your desk? And don’t forget about the time you spend on the couch watching TV or reading each evening. In fact, you are probably sitting right now as you read this!If you’re like most Americans, you probably spend a great portion of your day sitting. According to a recent study between 50 and 70% of people spend 6 or more hours sitting each day. This may not be a surprising fact, but what may be shocking is how badly this affects your health. Get Up. Get Moving.There are some startling facts about sitting in this article. But, the good news is you can fight “sitting disease” by doing small amounts of activity throughout the day. Here are some ways you can add activity into your day:
Sitting Your Life AwayThe World Health Organization identified inactivity as the 4th leading cause of death around the world. And, recent research shows that sitting for long periods of time raises your risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, certain forms of cancer, obesity and may shorten your life span. Sitting may in fact be worse for your health than smoking. One study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that for every hour that people spend sitting and watching TV, 22 minutes are cut from their life span. Meanwhile, smokers’ lives are cut short by 11 minutes per cigarette. What’s even more disturbing is that the hour you spend running or at the gym each day may not reverse the damaging effects of sitting all day. These may seem too simple, but small steps can really make a difference (pun intended). Do you have any other ideas of how you can add activity into your day?
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