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Get Up, Walk Around, Sitting Is Killing You

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: June 27, 2015 Get Up, Walk Around, Sitting Is Killing You

Get Up, Walk Around, Sitting Is Killing You

Many health experts are convinced that sitting is in and of itself a root problem of many people’s chronic health problems, and mounting research supports this point of view.

According to Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic and the Arizona State University Obesity Initiative, some 10,000 publications have shown that sitting is harmful to your health, irrespective of other lifestyle habits, including an excellent exercise program.

In fact, one recent systematic review,16 of 47 studies on sedentary behavior discovered that the time a person spends sitting each day produces detrimental effects that outweigh the benefits reaped from exercise.

Chronic sitting was found to increase your risk of death from virtually all health problems, from type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease to cancer and all-cause mortality.

For example, sitting for more than eight hours a day was associated with a 90% increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Other research found that those who sit the most have a 50% greater risk of all-cause mortality; in fact, chronic sitting has a mortality rate similar to smoking, increasing the rate of lung cancer by more than 50%.

The risk for uterine and colon cancer also increases by 66 and 30% respectively according to the data.

The reason for this increased cancer risk is thought to be linked to biochemical changes that occur when you sit, such as alterations in hormones, metabolic dysfunction, leptin dysfunction, and inflammation, all of which promote cancer. The risk for anxiety and depression also rises right along with hours spent in a chair.

Part of the reason why all of this may seem so surprising is that many people have become so accustomed to sitting in chairs that they have failed to realize that doing so might be seriously problematic.

The cause and effect are clear, and so is the fix.

No matter age, exercise can provide enormous benefits for a persons health, and if over 40 anni, it is especially important to either start or step up your exercise program.

Establish a comprehensive exercise program that includes high-intensity exercises, strength training, core exercises, and stretching. Also, consider walking more, in addition to your regular workout regimen.

Avoid sitting as much as possible, ideally limiting your sitting to 3 hours a day or less, as prolonged sitting is an independent risk factor for chronic disease and early death, even if you’re very fit and exercise regularly.

Be healthy, Exercise regularly.


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Paul Ebeling

Pattern Recognition Analyst, equities, commodities, forex
Paul Ebeling is best known for his work as writer and publisher of “The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report” on the US Major Market Indices™, a highly-regarded, weekly financial market letter, where he enjoys an international audience among opinion makers, business leaders, and respected organizations. Something of a pioneer in online stock market and commodities discussion and analysis, Ebeling has been online since 1994. He has studied and worked in the global financial and stock markets since 1984.

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