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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sitting is Too Easy

Sitting is the “New Smoking”.  It’s bad.  Real bad. 

Even if you exercise 1 hour every day, sitting, or being sedentary in general, is still a risk factor for multiple chronic diseases and premature death.  So this is for you whether you exercise consistently or not, because sitting is an independent risk factor for premature death no matter how much you exercise.

If you spend even an hour at a time sitting, whether at work or home, at a desk, computer, phone, on a couch, in a hammock, driving a car, etc., then you are actively harming yourself.

Your body is made for movement and studies suggest that the body should move (even while sleeping) every 15 to 20 minutes.  So, that’s exactly what you should be doing.

Steps to make being sedentary and/or sitting too much a non-health hazard:

  1. Calculate how much sitting you do on average each day.  Also estimate how long you go sitting in one position without moving.
  2. Exercise or at least move for an extended time period consistently daily.  Make this an activity that you actually enjoy and mix it up.
  3. Decrease sitting time by doing step #4.
  4. Stand for 15-30 seconds every 15-20 minutes during extended sitting/sedentary periods.  Set a timer if you have to.

This will help your muscles, enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, metabolism, overall energy, and life expectancy in general.

Enjoy living :-) And enjoy the video!

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