The Sitting Disease: The Consequence of a Sedentary Lifestyle

After reading all about the harmful effects of excessive sitting and a sedentary lifestyle, this post is being written standing up!  But chances are, you’re reading this – sitting down. Right?

Go on, try taking a few deep breaths and move your arms around a bit while you’re reading.  I’ll bet you’ll feel much better when you’re finished. I’d even venture to guess that in the future, you’ll think about being more active while sitting, once you learn more about the sitting disease that could be putting your health at risk…

Articles regarding the health risks of being inactive are ubiquitous – to say the least. Are we not listening? Or do we just not care? We’d rather rely on diet fads, gimmicks and pills rather than activity to control our weight and improve our health?  It’s astounding to learn that 62% of American adults have a weight problem and 28% of overweight adults are considered obese according to the 2011 U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey.

What does that mean to you and me? Researchers have found a definite link between sitting for long periods of time and a number of health issues that concern us all, like:

  • Weight gain
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure, and
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels

One Australian Study reported that each hour spent watching TV (presumably sitting) increased the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease to 18%. DYING EARLY is an unbelievable consequence of too much TV/sitting time. Knowing the significant risk to our health and well-being, why wouldn’t everyone make even the slightest amount of physical activity part of our everyday?   

Perhaps we don’t know where to start. Or, we’ve tried and haven’t gotten the results we expected. Whatever the reason, as the research points out – some activity/movement is better than none and there’s never been a better or easier way to begin a regimen of healthy habits than with the OfficeGYM.

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SOURCES:

News release, American Heart Association.

Dunstan, D. Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, Jan. 26, 2010; vol 121.

Fields, Lisa (2012). WebMD: Do you have sitting disease: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/do-you-have-sitting-disease