Beware the Char! Too much sitting - for your job or in front of the TV - can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer and a shorter life span.

Too Much Sitting Can Harm You In Many Ways

More and more evidence is coming out that excessive sitting can wreck your health.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Do the same at home on every commercial break while you’re watching TV.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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