Fact: Sitting too much is detrimental to your health, so much so that it can contribute to obesity, heart attack, stroke, lung disease, cancer, osteoporosis and joint problems.
According to the Miami Herald, “A study conducted by the American Cancer Society, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2010, looked at 123,216 individuals who had no risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, or lung disease and monitored their physical activity and time spent sitting over a 14-year period. The findings suggested women who sat more than six hours a day were 37 percent more likely to die prematurely than women who sat just three hours a day. For men, the mortality rate was 18 percent higher for those who sat more than six hours a day, compared with sitting just three hours a day.”
The solution: Get out of that chair – at home, at work and at play. Most people do the majority of their sitting at the office, but stand-up desks are now readily available. And here’s an idea! When you need to communicate with coworkers, instead of calling or emailing, why not walk over to their desk for an old-fashioned face-to-face. That goes for breaks as well, which offer a perfect opportunity to head for the coffee machine for a quick, standing caffeine infusion.
When sitting is unavoidable – in the car, at the movies, or while dining – periodically shift your position. Remember, standing burns more calories than sitting, and movement of any kind gives your metabolism a boost and your limbs a workout, no matter how small it may be.
Starting to see a middle-age spread?
All the more reason to do less sitting, which contributes to widening buttocks, spreading thighs, a protruding tummy, and emerging love handles. Still, standing may not be enough to get that body back into shape, so ask your medspa clinician about such slenderizing options as the HCG Diet, Lipotropics Injections and Body Sculpting. All three treatments can help you trim fat, tone muscles, and advance the overall health that leads to living long and well.