Does it seem like every time you turn around, someone has come up with something else that’s bad for you?
I feel that way sometimes. It’s darn hard to keep up with all of it. And I admit sometimes I just ignore the warnings.
Lately I’ve read about new concerns regarding cooking sprays and egg yolks (yes, the poor egg was good, then bad, then good and now it’s bad again). Both of these were a tad troubling to me and then there was this one . . . .
Sitting is hazardous to your health!
Research is piling up that says too much sitting raises our risks for obesity, diabetes, cancer, and early death. Women who sit for six or more hours a day have a 37% higher risk for early death than those who sit less – even if they exercise!
According to this recent article, Sitting: Hazardous to Your Health, Americans sit more than they sleep, spending an average of 10 hours a day in a car, at work and in front of a television. I wonder if they included non-work time on the computer.
By nature or habit, I’m more the sedentary type.
Then there’s my work. I do it at home, sitting.
I like to read – yep, more sitting.
Plus I’m not that great at exercising to begin with and now it seems that even if I did exercise an hour a day that still isn’t enough movement.
Not much doubt that, I’m part of the large group of Americans who sit too much.
I already knew I should get up more often but the “sitting is hazardous to your heath” reports have me newly motivated.
Making a New Habit?
So I’m trying something new this week. I’ve set an hourly alarm and when it goes off I get up for a few minutes. I move around, stretch, do some little household task, or anything else that gets me moving. So far I’m feeling quite virtuous and we’ll see if this turns into a lasting habit.
What about You?
Have you heard about the hazards of sitting? What ideas do you have for sitting less and moving more? Tell us in Comments below.