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Sitting and Your Health

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Elyce Klein

Master Health Coach

Feel Fabulous Over 50!

A recent article in the Mayo Clinic Newsletter informs readers of research which has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns.  These include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Furthermore, excessive sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Studies have shown that sitting at a desk or in front of the TV for more than four hours a day can result in a nearly 50% increased risk of death from any cause and a 125% increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack. The increased risk was separate from other traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as smoking or high blood pressure.

Finally studies are showing that you can exercise and still be a candidate for the harmful side effects of prolonged sitting. So it’s possible for a person to exercise and still sit too much.

Here’s a few suggestions for making sure we move more during the day:

  • Set a timer for an hourly stretch and walk to get a glass of water.
  • Exercise more than once a day.  A morning workout followed by prolonged sitting won’t cut it.
  • Get an articulating desk that you can work at either standing or sitting.
  • Be more conscious about the amount of your daily sitting time and work to reduce it.
  • And last, but not least, get a dog.