“Too much sitting is bad for health.”
This is from a recent study that you may have already seen, but it certainly bears repeating.
In short, for each hour we spend in front of the TV:
- 11% increase in death (from all causes)
- 9% increase in cancer death
- 18% increase in cardiovascular death
“Compared with people who watched less than two hours of television daily, those who watched more than four hours a day had a 46 percent higher risk of death from all causes and an 80 percent increased risk for cardiovascular-related death.”
While the study focused primarily on TV, you can logically extend the study to any prolonged sedentary behavior (and yes, that includes the computer). We simply aren’t meant to sit in one place for long periods of time. I know I talk a lot about how movement is the fountain of youth, but I believe it AND the science backs me up on it!
What can you do about it?
I tell my clients that I want them up and moving for at least 5 minutes every hour. While this may sound impossible for those of you working cubicle farms, here are some options:
- get up and talk to a co-worker instead of emailing/calling
- refill your water bottle or get a healthy snack
- go to the restroom (which will be important if you are regularly refilling your water bottle)
- make up some sort of errand
- do some Z-Health mobility drills
This week, 5 minutes every hour. Your kids and grandkids will thank you!