Our family just returned from a very relaxing week at the mountains and, thankfully, we had stairs to climb each day. I say that because I am fully aware that being sedentary can be deadly and I was not able to partake in my usual swimming classes for a whole week.
Did you know that sitting can be as bad as smoking and obesity and is an important risk factor for chronic disease? But then of course it can be offset by that quick trip to the gym. Right? Not according to the Mayo Clinic who states that the answer lies in less sitting and more moving. They state, “the muscle activity needed for standing and other movement seems to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars within the body. When you sit, these processes stall — and your health risks increase. When you’re standing or actively moving, you kick the processes back into action.”
I recently read this fact that was unnerving: An August study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that every hour you sit in front of the TV, you can slash your life expectancy by nearly 22 minutes. Frightening! Look at the following infographic and I know you will want to start moving!