Why it's time to stand up for your health
Here are two good reasons to get out of your chair or off the couch.
Do you have a sedentary job where you sit at a desk all day long? And then do you go home at night to sit some more, zoned out in front of the TV or on the computer?
Here's why it's time to get up and get moving:
- Sitting is bad for your heart. A recent study published in the journal Circulation suggests that the more people sit, the more chance they'll show signs of injury to their heart muscle. According to the study, people who sit for 10 hours or more a day are more likely to have above-average levels of troponin, a protein released during heart attacks that indicates heart muscle damage.
- Sitting may lead to an earlier death. Another recent study of nearly 8,000 adults, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, showed a direct relationship between time spent sitting and the risk of early death from any cause. The more people sat, the greater the risk of early death.
So what you can you do to reduce the amount of time you sit?
- Get up during TV commercials and stretch or march in place.
- Instead of emailing someone at work, walk over to their desk.
- Pace when you're talking on the phone.
- Stand when having a conversation.
- Do squats or toe raises while reading the mail.
- Set a reminder to get out of your chair every hour and move for at least 5 minutes.
Don't think your morning run or your post-work trip to the gym gives you license to spend the rest of the day sitting. Exercising for the recommended 30 minutes or more each day doesn't make up for the many hours you spend on your bum. Any time you can get up and move instead of sitting, even if it's just for a few minutes at a time, you'll be doing your body good.