Sitting for long hours poses major health risks to the point that the scientific community coined the term “sitting disease” as a reference to the negative effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle. Sitting disease is now considered as the new smoking epidemic as it has been found that it is linked to poor health and numerous major health risks.
Researchers found that people who spend more time sitting have a 112% higher risk of developing serious diabetes than those who don’t and 147% higher risk of developing cardiovascular issues than those who lead a more active lifestyle. Obesity, abnormal cholesterol levels, and other chronic diseases. Sitting too much has even been linked to certain types of cancer.
Moving more around the day drastically reduces the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle. There are different easy ways to integrate more movement in the day. Here are some tips to reduce the negative effects of sitting too much:
– Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
– Cut down on the time spent watching TV and playing video games.
– Take a break from sitting every 30 minutes.
– Position your work surface on a treadmill or bike desk.
– Walk or bike to work.
– Have some light weights or stretch bands around where you work to use them when taking a break.