Sit­ting kills, even if you ex­er­cise

Lesotho Times - - Health -

ONE of your fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties may ac­tu­ally be killing you.our en­tire mod­ern world is con­structed to keep you sit­ting down. When we drive, we sit. When we work at an of­fice, we sit. When we watch TV, well, you get the pic­ture.

And yet, a new study that’s run­ning in the An­nals of In­ter­nal Medicine found that this kind of seden­tary be­hav­ior in­creases our chances of get­ting a dis­ease or a con­di­tion that will kill us pre­ma­turely, even if we ex­er­cise.

Re­searchers from Toronto came to this con­clu­sion af­ter an­a­lyz­ing 47 stud­ies of seden­tary be­hav­ior.

They ad­justed their data to in­cor­po­rate the amount some­one ex­er­cises and found that the sit­ting we typ­i­cally do in a day still out­weighs the ben­e­fit we get from ex­er­cise. Of course, the more you ex­er­cise, the lower the im­pact of seden­tary be­hav­ior.

The stud­ies showed seden­tary be­hav­ior can lead to death from car­dio­vas­cu­lar is­sues and can­cer as well as cause chronic con­di­tions such as Type 2 di­a­betes.

Phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity has been iden­ti­fied as the fourth-lead­ing risk fac­tor for death for peo­ple all around the world, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Pro­longed sit­ting, mean­ing sit­ting for eight to 12 hours or more a day, in­creased your risk of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes by 90 per­cent.

So what can you do to re­duce the time you spend en­gaged in an ac­tiv­ity that is not good for you?the study au­thors did make some sim­ple sug­ges­tions to help you sit less. One is to just be aware of how much you are sit­ting. That way you can make a goal of re­duc­ing that num­ber a lit­tle bit each week.

If you are at work, you could try a stand­ing desk or make it a goal to stand up or walk around for a minute or three once ev­ery half an hour.

If you watch TV at night, don’t zoom ahead dur­ing the com­mer­cials with your DVR. In­stead walk around or at least stand up dur­ing the show break. — CNN

Seden­tary be­hav­ior is the fourth-lead­ing risk fac­tor of death

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