Sitting for long periods of time is dangerous to your health. It increases your risk of death even if you exercise regularly. Inactivity in general is the underlying issue, however many people work at a desk and sit for hours at a time. “Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.” – James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D.
Exercising regularly will not offset prolonged sitting. Instead try standing as much as possible of getting up from your seat every 10-15 minutes. If you are lucky enough to have the option of a standing or treadmill desk, take it. More physical activity overall is the best way to offset the risks of sitting. Prolonged sitting can also contribute to lower back pain and other aches and pains associated with poor posture. Use movement as medicine and move often to be happier, pain free, and healthier.
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