How much of your day do you spend SITTING? You’ve probably heard that sitting for long periods can be hazardous to your health.
Not only can sitting make you fat, but last year Australian researchers found that people who sit for more than 11 hours a day have a 40% increased risk of death…from any cause.
Health.com is reporting on new study that found that people who spent most of the day on their—posteriors-- had a 24% greater risk of colon cancer. That number shot up to 54% for people who spent the most hours sitting in front of the TV.
The risks remained even for so-called “active couch potatoes”—people who work out but still spend most of their day sitting down.
Standing isn’t the answer, as jobs that require a lot of standing are linked to their own set of health problems including varicose veins, lower-back pain, and increased risk of stroke.
So here are a few steps you can take to get healthier.
Set an alarm. Setting your phone alarm or using an app like BreakTime are simple ways to encourage more movement throughout the day.
Stand up and pace when you’re talking on the phone. It’s easy if you’re on a smartphone—if not, see if you can get a cordless phone for your desk.
And walk whenever possible. You’d be surprised how many ways you can sneak walking into your daily routine. If possible, take a quick walk after lunch. After eating, the fat levels in your bloodstream are at their peak, and simply moving around increases the activity of a gene that boosts your metabolism.
For more health tips, go to heart.org and enter “sitting” in the search engine.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.