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The Dangers of Sitting

July 20, 2015

The majority of jobs in the United States require sitting at a desk for 30-40 hours per week. While a certain amount of sitting is completely harmless, excessive sitting (e.g. sitting from 8-5 at work and sitting at home on the couch from 7-10) can have some significant health consequences.

As we sit, the muscles are relaxed, and enzyme activity drops 90% – 95% leaving fat to camp out in the bloodstream. This fat that camps out in the bloodstream contributes to poor blood circulation and the decline of “healthy cholesterol”.

Sitting all day at work takes its toll on your body and your health—a sedentary lifestyle has been associated with higher mortality and disease rates—but a study from sports medicine researchers has positive news for the millions of Americans who find themselves behind a desk from 9 to 5 every day. A certain amount of daily exercise can counter the deadly effects, and it’s not too terribly difficult to achieve.

Here are four simple “steps” you can take RIGHT NOW to stay active, even if you work a desk job.

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So why not stand more? Standing will burn 40% more calories than sitting. The choice seems simple..stand more, sit less!

2 responses to “The Dangers of Sitting”

  1. Maureen Malley says:

    While standing I do a gentle swaying motion, as the weight shifts I contract that legs large muscle group then shift to the next leg. No one knows your doing it. This works in the grocery line, in church, even at the sink doing dishes. 🙂

  2. Denise Carter says:

    Great Ideas!!

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