Is Sitting Cutting Years Off Your Life?


Did you know sitting for long periods of time can literally cut years off your life?

  • A British Medical Journal reported if you were to reduce the average time you spent sitting to less than 3 hours per day you could increase your life expectancy by two years. The average American now spends somewhere between 4.5 to 5 hours per day.
  • Studies also show that people who sit for long periods of time are twice as likely to have diabetes or heart disease. In fact, sitting has joined smoking and obesity as an important risk factor for chronic disease
  • In a 2010 study, men who were sedentary for more than 23 hours a week had a 64 percentage greater risk of dying from heart disease than those who were sedentary less than 11 hours a week
  • A study of more than 17,000 Canadians found that the mortality risk from all causes was 1.54 times higher among people who spent most of their day sitting, compared to those who sat infrequently.
  • According to an Australian study, sitting time is a predictor of weight gain among women
  • People who use a computer for at least 11 hours per week or watch TV for more than 21 hours per week are more likely to be obese than those who use a computer or watch TV for more than 5 hours per week.

One study I found showed after one hour of sitting,  the production of the enzymes that burn fat declines, your metabolism slows, and your levels of good cholesterol lowers.  This may well be  the link with too much sitting and an increase in risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease.

Lack of exercise is sitting best’s friend, they tend to go hand in hand. The more you sit, the less your body wants to move.

So you may think the answer is to get regular exercise but you'd be wrong. Even by following a moderate exercise routine research shows you're still subject to the adverse effects of sitting too long, if you spend the majority of the rest of the day on the couch or at your desk.

What's the answer? STAND UP, every 30 minutes for a couple of minutes.

The evidence shows by standing and moving every 30 minutes or so, the detrimental effects of sitting are drastically reduced or eliminated entirely.

My advice: Program a reminder in your phone ( I just thought of a great App - more on that later) to get you up from your desk, or couch every 30 minutes.

Stand up, move around, stretch, correct your posture, have a drink, smile at someone and back to work.

Now we can all do that. Let me know how you go, do it consistently for a few days and keep me posted on your progress. Let's start this new financial year on the move, and make looking after your most valuable asset your focus. Watch a short video on "Why sitting is deadly?"

Wishing you great health and much happiness,

Important: This article is general advice only. For further advice or information on this topic, please consult your health professional.
Category: Fitness

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