Sitting is the New Smoking

Walking at lunchSitting all day is really hard on your body. We were made to move. Sitting could have such a detrimental impact that it is now considered by many to be the new smoking! There are many health-related problems linked and associated with prolonged sitting.  Here are just a few: Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, impaired memory function, varicose veins and metabolic syndrome.

When adding up how much time you spend sitting consider this – time in the car during your commute to and from work, the time you are at work, eating meals – sitting at the table, the time you may spend trying to unwind at the end of the day by watching TV or going to a movie, and let’s not forget the computer work you may be taking home. It really does add up! So, what is the solution? Add in small changes throughout your day. For example, set a timer on your phone to get up from your desk and stretch every hour if possible or maybe every hour and a half. Walk to the water fountain, restroom or even go to the stairwell and walk up one flight of stairs and take the elevator back down to your floor. Start small. Pack a comfy pair of tennis shoes and walk 10 or 15 minutes during your lunch break. Your body will thank you! It is a great way to incorporate movement and clear your head. You will be amazed with the results!

For more information on health problems related to prolonged sitting please follow this link at the British Journal of General Practice