Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sedentary Ways

Sitting on your duff can kill you, without question.

Several recent studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time can harm our health, weakening muscles and decreasing overall physical fitness.

And now, a new analysis of several studies on long periods of sedentary behavior has concluded that sitting for more than three hours a day can actually take two years off your life.

And that’s even if you exercise regularly and refrain from bad habits like smoking.

But there’s more bad news.

They’ve also determined that watching TV for more than two hours a day cuts your life expectancy by another 1.4 years.

If this data doesn't get you moving, maybe this post from the Wall Street Journal will.

The study bolsters an emerging body of research that points to a number of dangers associated with leading a sedentary lifestyle.

Last year, scientists found that people who worked 10 years in sedentary jobs, or jobs that don't require a lot of energy expenditure, had twice the risk of colon cancer and a 44% increased risk of rectal cancer, compared with people who had never worked sedentary jobs.

And in March, scientists found that the rate of cancers linked to obesity and lack of physical activity, such as cancers of the kidney, pancreas, lower esophagus and uterus, rose every year from 1999 through 2008.

Ah, modernity comes at a cost, just like everything else, but you already knew that, right?
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