- Fitness Blender
Yikes, according to some research by the American Cancer Society, one of the worst things you can do is sit all day. One study found that women who sat six hours a day were 37% more likely to die by the end of the 13-year study (men were 18 percent more likely to die). Sitting apparently prevents the lymph system from doing its job (fending off infections by draining waste materials created by infection. In fact, sitting for 5-6 hours a day, even if you spend an hour a day at the gym, is the equivalent of smoking an entire pack of cigarettes!
So…what to do about sitting, especially if your job requires it?
- Get up and move every 30 minutes (maybe stand during phone calls too).
- When you do watch tv, cook fold laundry, empty the dishwasher, ride a stationary bike, etc.
- If you have a desk job, consider a stand up desk or even a treadmill desk.
- Make sure you exercise. It won’t completely eliminate the negative effects of sitting, but active people tend to live longer.