The average american spends ¼ of their day sitting. Seems over exaggerated, but six hours of sitting a day is fairly accurate for many americans. Ends up that sitting for long periods of time can cause some serious hidden risks.
- Shorter Life Span
Sitting for long periods of time can reduce your lifespan. According to a 2011 study, reducing your sitting time to three hours a day opposed to six, can increase your lifespan up to two years.
- Higher Risk of Cancer
A study conducted in 2011 found that 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer are caused in part by over-sitting.
- Higher Risk of Cardiac Health Problems
The Mayo Clinic found that prolonged sitting can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and other related cardiac issues by 125%.
To combat these risks all you have to do is reduce your sitting time. You can invest in a standing desk, take regular breaks every half-hour, or just get moving!
Do note that this is prolonged sitting, sitting to recover from activity or just to take a break is fine.
Check out this video for more information- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUEl8KrMz14
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