The term “Sitting Disease” has been coined by the scientific community and is commonly used when referring to the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle.
Sitting down, which most of us do for at least eight hours each day, might be one of the worst things we do for our health
Here is what researchers are saying:
“For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking” – Martha Grogan, cardiologist, Mayo Clinic
“Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression, and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.” – James Levine, MD, PhD
Here are some more facts: Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana analyzed the lifestyles of more than 17,000 men and women over about 13 years, and found that people who sit for most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks. The results of this inactivity study were published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Scary huh? But because until not too long ago, our species was hunting and gathering, it’s obvious we weren’t designed to sit for hours on end and now we’re paying the price for it. Read more