It’s starting to get warmer outside, and that means we can spend more time outdoors. Instead of staying indoors watching television and playing video games, this is a great time to get outside.
Did you know one of the worst things we can do for our health is sit for extended periods of time? The following health issues have been linked to excessive sitting and the sedentary lifestyle:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- High cholesterol
- Some types of cancer
Sitting too much can be hazardous to our health.
Even with exercise, studies indicate that won’t be enough to lessen the effects of sitting too much:
“Increased epidemiological evidence over the past few years has shown excessive sitting to be a health risk even if recommendations for physical activity are fulfilled. In addition, an increase in physical activity does not contribute to all mechanisms underlying the health risks of sitting.“Read the study HERE.
In other words, we must do more to maintain good health.
Excessive Sitting: The Hidden Dangers
The irony is many of the above health conditions have been linked to the severity of covid symptoms:
A sedentary lifestyle increases all-cause mortality and the risks for cardiovascular diseases (CVD), diabetes mellitus (DM), hypertension (HTN), and cancers (breast, colon, colorectal, endometrial, and epithelial ovarian cancer). This has been consistently documented in the literature.Read the study HERE.
Here’s another study:
In men, riding in a car and combined time spent watching television were significant CVD mortality predictors. In addition, high levels of physical activity were related to notably lower rates of CVD death even in the presence of high levels of sedentary behaviorRead the study HERE.
How To Overcome Excessive Sitting
Your body wasn’t made to sit, it was made to move. It’s critical we get up and move daily. One of best things we can do is also one of the easiest: just go for a walk around the block. The fresh air and vitamin D Both have great benefits for the body as well.
Another option is to get a standing desk.
Standing desks not only eliminate issues with excessive sitting, they have many health benefits as well:
- Help with weight loss
- Increased energy levels
- Improve mood
- Improve posture
Transitioning from a seated to a standing work posture every 30 min across the workday, relative to seated work, led to a significant reduction in fatigue levels and lower back discomfort in overweight/obese office workers, while maintaining work productivity.Read the study HERE.
Call To Action
Many people are making an effort to get in better shape. Exercise, eating healthy foods and drinking more water are popular ways to improve their health, but that’s not all they can do. By simply standing more, you could improve your health as well.
A strong body and mind go hand in hand. It is time to work on being the best we can be physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. This means doing everything we can to maintain good health. By avoiding the sedentary lifestyle we could potentially eliminate many health issues.
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