Sitting Can Kill -Yahoo Health
Are You Sitting Down? Your heart failure rate is higher. -USA Today
Sitting Risks: How harmful is too much sitting? -Mayo Clinic
Women Who Spend Too Much Time Sitting May Die Earlier -Health News
Don’t Just Sit There! It Could Be Harmful -USA Today
Sitting has been in the news lately, and the news isn’t good. Many of the reports actually have included a new term: sitting disease. Research links sitting disease to heart failure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even death from cancer. In fact, excessive sitting also increases the chance a person will become disabled.
It’s easy to collapse on the couch after a hard day at work, but don’t make a habit of sitting. Exercise will re-energize you so walk, bike, stretch, play games. Do anything that requires you to move!
When working at the computer, get up every hour and move.
Avoid parking in the closest space at work or when shopping (unless it’s raining again) to get in a few extra steps. Maybe that’s the point of all those unused handicapped parking spaces at Target…they’re just trying to encourage customers to walk a few extra steps to improve their health.
Can you take the stairs instead of the elevator or deliver a message by walking across the hall instead of sending an email?
Even on those particularly hard days when the couch calls your name get up and walk around the house during commercials.
Maybe you can check out the Monday Mile website which encourages starting each week by walking a mile on Monday or join Coach Kim from inSHAPE Fitness for a 15 minute Move It Monday workout!
My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass. ~Terri Guillemets
Avoid sitting disease…keep moving!