Sitting is just part of what we do every day. In cars. On trains. While we eat. While we watch TV. While I am typing this blog. We do it so much we lose sight of how much of our day is spent in this position.
Let’s note of what long periods of sitting can mean for your health. Behavior research looks at people’s habits to determine what contributes to staying healthy. Early reports tied poor health to the number of hours spent watching TV each week. Then researchers started collecting data on the time spent playing video games and at computer screens.
So now the focus is on the common denominator in all of these behaviors – sitting. This applies to everyone. Even if someone workouts on a regular basis, longer periods of sitting still makes this person likely to become overweight and to develop heart disease.
There are two main reasons why. And they are connected. First, the time spent at these activities mean you are not spending time being physically active. Secondly, when you are not staying physically active throughout the day, you are not as healthy as you could be. Therefore, you have a higher the risk of developing a chronic disease.
That is why the latest guidelines recommend for you to get up and sit less. Click here to learn more.
-Cathy Mullooly, Diabetes and Exercise Consultant at Dedham Health