Since 2007, American adults have spent about seven hours a day sitting. Ever since the average amount of time devoted to a seat has increased by an hour. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four American adults sits for over eight hours a day! It was also discovered that 44% of participants did not engage in any moderate physical activity!
Why is this a big deal? Your body was not made to be inactive or laying around for lengthy periods. Being idle for that long weakens your muscles, spine, and immune system. No wonder sitting has been called the “new smoking!” Experts worldwide agree that a sedentary lifestyle is terrible for you. Still not sold? Here are just a few of the adverse side effects caused by a lifetime of over sitting:
- Unhealthy blood-sugar levels and type-2 diabetes
- High blood cholesterol levels
- A greater chance of heart disease
- A higher risk of obesity
- High blood pressure
- Gallbladder disease
- Higher risk of cancer
- Poor muscle tone and posture
- Sleeping problems
- Sexual health problems
As America races to stay competitive and even more automated in this new age of technology, our bodies suffer the consequences. Almost half of America is obese and getting bigger. Sadly, this sedentary behavior is nowhere near stopping, and thanks to the current pandemic, it’s only being reinforced. Your body is not meant to be idle for such long periods. Join us Friday, where we discuss tips and tricks to help revert the harmful effects of sitting on the body!
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