Too Much Sitting Is Not Good for You

Too much sitting is not healthySitting is a major part of the day for most of us. It’s often unavoidable especially if your job requires you to be at a desk all day. But all that sitting may be quite harmful.

A new study from the Annals of Internal Medicine found that sitting increases our chances of getting a disease or condition that prematurely shorten our life, even if we exercise. In the study, researchers noted that because we typically sit more than we stand, the sitting outweighs the benefit we get from exercise. However, the more you exercise, the lower the impact of sitting has on your body.

According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth-leading risk factor for death. Researchers looked at 47 studies examining the relationship between sitting and death. They found that people who sit for long periods had an 18% increased risk of dying of cardiovascular disease, 17% increased risk of dying from cancer and a 90% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

So what can you do to reduce the time you’re sitting? Try to work the following into your daily routine, whether you’re at home or work:

  • Stand. If you can’t get away from your desk, stand at your desk. Moving your arms and legs is also a good thing to do to increase blood flow after sitting.
  • Pace while on the phone. Take calls on your cell phone or invest in a headset so you can walk away from your desk.
  • Go for a walk. Instead of calling or e-mailing a colleague or using inter-office mail, walk to your colleague’s desk.
  • Don’t skip commercials. If you watch TV at home, don’t skip through the commercials with your DVR. Instead walk around or at least stand up during the commercial break. 

All of the above mentioned options are easy to do but take it a step further and take advantage of our Integrative Medicine services – acupuncture, massage therapy and reflexology – can help reverse the negative effects of prolonged sitting by reducing stress, optimizing health function, restoring your natural balance and enhancing your overall well-being.

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