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Sit Less, Live Longer

            To Your Health
            October, 2010 (Vol. 04, Issue 10)

      Sit Less, Live Longer
      By Editorial Staff
      You may find the following information so profound that you feel inclined
      to sit down for a minute, but that's actually the opposite of what you
      should do. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology
      suggests people who spend more time sitting (specifically, more than six
      hours a day) during leisure time have an increased risk of premature death
      compared to those who sit for three hours or less, and the results are
      independent of exercise. In other words, if you exercise for three hours a
      day and sit for nine hours a day, you're more likely to die than someone
      who doesn't exercise at all but spends only a few hours a day sitting.
      This isn't to discount the benefits of exercise, of course, which is
      associated with reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and just about
      everything else, but to emphasize that a sedentary lifestyle has major
      health consequences.
       When you sit for prolonged periods of time, usually with little or no
      movement, it negatively affects circulation, metabolism, resting blood
      pressure and cholesterol, among other things. And more time sitting,
      especially in front of the TV, computer, etc., often contributes to
      excessive snacking -all too often the unhealthy variety - which can lead
      to obesity and weight-related disorders such as diabetes.
      "Sit less, move more" is a great message to store in your memory bank and
      recall on a daily basis. Anytime you start to feel stuck to your chair,
      peel yourself away and add a little motion (and a few years) to your life.

 


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