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3 years ago1,000+ Views
Sitting Can Shorten Your Life
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, sitting down for more than three hours a day can shave a person's life expectancy by two years, even if he or she is physically active and refrains from dangerous habits like smoking.
We've all been told that getting 30 minutes of exercise a day is invaluable to our health, but what about what we do with the other time in our day? If you're sedentary or sitting the other 15 hours a day, you're still going to be at risk for serious health side effects!
Researchers have found that people who worked 10 years in sedentary jobs, or jobs that don't require a lot of physical energy, had twice the risk of colon cancer and a 44% increased risk of rectal cancer, compared with people who had never worked sedentary jobs.
I understand that most of us are in jobs or schools the require us to stay sitting for long periods of time, but try to stand as much as you can. Stand up when you're on the phone, get up and talk to someone instead of emailing them, take your lunch break as an opportunity to walk.
Are you sitting right now? Are you able to stand? Get up and take a bathroom break, go fill up a glass of water, maybe even do a few jumping jacks!
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Sending this to my desk-mate who didn't want to walk to get coffee with me yesterday (Calling you out Susan!! LOL)
3 years ago·Reply
@sophiamor Susan had better watch out! Haha!
3 years ago·Reply
I try to constantly be moving my legs. I'm that annoying person who taps her foot all day haha
3 years ago·Reply
@GetFitwithAmy I make it a point to rotate my ankles as much as possible throughout the day.
3 years ago·Reply
Um, did they go over the causes of colon cancer? I know it has nothing to do with sitting! Could it be too much coffee and crap food at the desk to stay awake all day? Hum, again it all comes down to being healthy because no matter what we do something is going to kill us according to any study out there be it sitting, breathing the air because of all the pollutants in it, not sleeping enough or too much, not eating right or too much, using plastic bpa bottles and containers, cell phones, and on and on. I mean if we worried about every single thing that could kill us we would be dead! I look at it this way I do my best to eat and exercise to stay healthy and avoid the things I can yet enjoy life because when my number is up it's up! And my next best life is in heaven! I will enjoy this short life while I can on earth and life on earth is short as we know it! We only live once so have fun love laugh enjoy party while you can! Life is a wonderful thing!
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