We all do it, every day. Some of us do it for most of each day. We do it at home, at school, at work, at ball games and at the movies – as well as when commuting by car or train and traveling in airplanes. What is this pervasive risk factor that can cause early death? It's called "sitting" and Americans average 9.3 hours a day compared to 7.7 hours of sleeping.
If you spend too much time sitting, your body reverts to a state of lazy biology. Essentially this means the systems in a lounging body work differently from those in a body that’s standing.
The dangers of too much sitting have been documented in new studies that show that:
Being sedentary for the average 9 hours a day is killing us! By looking at inactivity separately from not getting enough exercise, researchers have found that even if you work out for an hour a day, it does not offset the perils of prolonged sitting.
So, what to do if you can't quit your day job? And if exercise won't help anyway, what can Americans do to truly combat the negative effects of sitting for long?
Small, simple changes can have a dramatic impact on your health. Even if it seems elementary, the consistency of doing a "little bit a lot" is a formula for success. Add up the minutes of movement in your daily routine for big health benefits.
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