Why you need to get up and move.
The American College of Cardiology presented a study on March 15, 2015, showing sedentary time (sitting) is directly linked to coronary artery calcification; independent of other exercise and traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors. Arterial calcification (hardening of the arteries) is a major component of serious heart disease.
The Annals of Internal Medicine published a meta-analysis review of 47 papers showing increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and all-cause death associated with sedentary lifestyles.
The study didn’t define an exact “danger point” for too much sitting, but “if you sit more than 8 hours a day, that’s probably linked to a lot of the negative health effects,” said the study’s lead researcher, Aviroop Biswas, a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto.
What Can You Do?
Get up! It is that simple, and yet will feel unnatural at first. Here are a couple of strategies:
- Set a recurring timer on your desk that will beep at you every 45 minutes to an hour. Every time it goes off you get up, stretch out and maybe do a few deep knee bends to get your blood flowing into all the right places again.
- Do the same at home on every commercial break while you’re watching TV.
- Set a small glass of water (6 oz.) on your desk. After your stretch, drink the water and then go refill the glass. This will keep you hydrated as well as moving.
- Get a wireless headset for your office phone so that you can stand up and walk around while taking or making calls.
The above studies noted that sedentary behavior increased with a combination of age, declining health, and overall energy level. An optimized body chemistry program can reverse many of the effects of aging while helping protect you from the diseases mentioned.
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