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Spending More Time Sitting Can Be Dangerous To Your Health
Sitting can lead to a shorter life
Eight hours a day and 5 days a week is the usual time we spend for work. Sitting down is what most of us do the entire day. Did you know that spending all day in front of your desk can be dangerous to your health? Would you believe that sitting can be the worst thing we do for our health each day? Studies show that people who spend most of their time sitting has a higher possibility of risk dying from any cause than those people who spend most of their time on their feet.
I have read an article from Yahoo She Philippines that people who sat more than 8 hours a day have a 15 percent chance of dying and those who sat more than 11 hours a day have a 40 percent chance of dying. This was based on the result after studying more than 220,000 Australians, who are enrolled in the study. For three years they were monitored calculating how much time they spent sitting.
And then I found these very convincing and full of information graphically organized stats from Mashable Tech. It helps me understand why sitting is unhealthy.
Sitting makes us fat. Sitting is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even early death. But sometimes, our job pushes us to sit for long periods of time.
So here are 2 things we can do:
Regular morning exercise
As you wake up, try to do some stretching or simple exercise like jogging for 10 to 15 minutes. It will give you energy. Lack of exercise and physical activity causes harm. So, start your day right, exercise!
At work, schedule several breaks
To keep your blood circulate, take time to stand up and walk. Stretching and climbing the stairs are just few things you can do in your workplace.
As much as possible, try to limit the time you spend sitting. Look for some activity that interest you and you enjoy doing. On your free time you can do shopping or window shopping, gardening, playing sports, walking with your pet and strolling around the park/street.
Share this information to your loved ones for them to be aware.