Sitting is Worse for Us Than We Think

Sitting is Worse for Us Than We Think

You know how achy you can feel getting up from your office chair after a couple of hours. But the impact of long sedentary hours goes far beyond a cranky back.

Various studies have linked sitting to a host of chronic conditions, including blood clotsdepression, and diabetes

A 2018 study from the American Cancer Society found that prolonged sitting, more than six hrs a day is associated with a 19% higher rate of death from all causes including cardiovascular disease and cancer compared to sitting less than three hours a day.

Even if you have a healthy exercise regimen, you can still be at risk for “Sitting Disease.”

And while “Sitting Disease” is not recognized as a diagnosable illness, the term is commonly used in the medical community to refer to the health effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle. 

And most Americans spend a whole lot of time sitting. A 2017 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that for individuals over 45 years old, approximately 12.3 hours of a 16-hour day is spent sedentary. 

Exactly how sedentary behavior and chronic disease are connected is unclear, but the correlation is strong.

In Y 2017, researchers from the University of Liverpool took a group of young adults who averaged 10,000 steps a day and made them reduce their steps to 1,500.

And even a robust exercise regiment cannot entirely offset the damage from sedentary behavior.

After just 14 days, participants experienced pronounced reductions in muscle mass and increases in body fat, as well as a decrease in insulin sensitivity and an increase in liver fat and triglycerides, all health outcomes associated with diabetes and heart disease. 

meta-analysis from 2015 suggested that prolonged sedentary time was associated with worse health “regardless of physical activity.

The Big Q: What if you have a job that requires you to sit for long stretches?

The Big A: Make sure to stand up, take breaks often, and keep your body moving throughout the day, even if it is just a little bit at a time.

Enjoy this Labor Day holiday, take a walk in the Sun

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Paul Ebeling

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