Please be Unseated: Take a Stand and Live Longer

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Get Up and Move

I’ve recently noticed  how much time I spend sitting.  I’ve also noticed how much time other people around me spend sitting.  It strikes me that  twenty-first century life  is one big sit-fest, with most of us moving from couch to car and then back to couch.

My sitting phobia began when I read this:

Those  who spend eleven or more hours a day sitting are 40 per cent more likely to die over the next three years regardless of how physically active they are otherwise. Inactive participants who sat most had double the risk of dying within 3 years compared to active people who sat least.  Among physically active people, those who sat most had nearly one-third higher odds of dying than those who sat least.


I’m going to stand more. When I  must sit for  extended periods, I now set a  timer for fifteen minutes and when it goes off I do some neck, arm and chest stretches.  I’ll also experiment with my computer and  place it higher  so I need to stand to use it.  That way, I can reduce my computer time as my legs ache.

You can read more here:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/04/confirmed-he-who-sits-the-most-dies-the-soonest/256101/

 

Claire Bell

Claire Bell is the health and wellbeing editor of Midlifexpress. She is the author of Stone Age Secrets for Mind and Body and Comma Magic. Print and ebooks available on Amazon.

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