Sitting – A Dangerous Inactivity

[Written by Peter Nielsen].
 
We sit too much. On the average, we log in 9.3 hours a day sitting each day, more than we sleep! We sit in front of our computers, in front of the television and if we have a desk job we sit at work most of the day. According to a new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, more than half of an average person’s day is spent being sedentary, resulting in higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, whether or not we regularly exercise. Sitting also adds to your belly fat!
 
The study also found that the negative effects of sitting time on health is greater for those who do little or no exercise compared to those who exercise regularly. The findings stress that reducing sitting time and getting regular exercise are vital for improving health. The authors suggestions? Reduce your sitting time from 1 to three hours a day in a 12-hour period.
 
Monitor your sitting times and set up achievable goals.
 
Whether you’re at work or at home, stand up and move for one or three minutes every half hour.
 
If your watching television, stand up and exercise during commercials.
 
There are many everyday activities that you can incorporate into your daily routines that will help cut your sitting time and keep moving!
 
• Walk! When you go out to the supermarket, post office, or even out to eat, park far away because all of those extra steps really add up!
 
• Make the most of your “down time.” Do leg lifts or bends while talking on the phone or put a stationary bike in front of the television. Jog in place while waiting for that pot of water to boil for dinner.
 
• Do a little bit of housework. Vacuuming, sweeping, and raking all work your arm and leg muscles. Just 10 minutes of each can burn almost 200 calories. You just added a half hour of exercise to your day — and your house will look great!
 
Get moving! Your life depends on it.
 
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