Did you know that the average American spends 9-10 hours a day sitting? Even if you exercise and are not overweight, sitting too much can increase your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer. Even for healthy people, sitting too much can be dangerous to your health.
How excessive sitting can damage your health
Recent research shows that even among people who exercise regularly, the affects of sitting too much can wipe out all the benefits of exercising. The dangers of sitting too much include:
- 54 percent increased rate of lung cancer
- 66 percent increased rate of uterine cancer
- 30 percent increased rate of colon cancer
- 90 percent increased rate of type 2 diabetes
- 50 percent overall increase in mortality rate
According to Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic, sitting causes your blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, and toxic buildups to increase. The more you walk, the more you decrease these levels just by walking and carrying your body weight.
What you can do
Get up and move is Dr. Levine's advice. He adds, "All you need to do is get up, and avoid sitting down as much as possible. If you’ve been sitting down for a full hour, you’ve sat too long."
Exercise is, of course, important, and The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends getting at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. But if you must sit, make sure it's no more than 50 minutes in one stretch. Even if you sit at work, get up and stretch, walk around before resuming your work.
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