Sitting is a Disease

          With the rise of  technologies, apps, programs, upgrades, and office jobs, people are becoming used to sedentary life styles. A study is done each year by the National Health and Nutrition Examination where they have 5,000 people take a survey about their sitting time. What they found was appalling. Over 70% of people spend at least 6+ hours a day sitting, most of which (4+ hours) is screen time (Nelson). They found that by reducing the amount of time the average person spends sitting in half they could gain an extra 2+ years of life. They found doing the same to television time there’s the potential to gain 1+years of life!

But why is that?

By branching out of that sedentary lifestyle you are at a lower risk for many things like type two diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers such as breast and colon cancer. Martha Grogan who is a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic said, “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.” Standing more throughout the day helps with your posture, muscle toning, increases blood flow, helps bump up your metabolism, and burns extra calories (The Facts).

Lets take it a step further! Look at your day. When can YOU fit in some extra movement? Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. Park just a little farther away from the grocery store or mall. Stand at your desk at work. Turn off the electronics and get outside or do something active. Your body becomes what you put into it: eat healthy, be active, and get adjusted.

  • Nelson, Jennifer, and Katherine Zeratsky. “Nutrition and Healthy Eating.” Do You Have ‘sitting Disease’? Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 1 May 2012. Web. 17 Aug. 2015.
  • “The Facts: Sitting Disease by the Numbers.” org. Ergotron, 2015. Web. 17 Aug. 2015.

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