It’s been 10 years since the dangers of Sitting Disease were made known, and it wasn’t a friendly news. Increasing risks to major health issues like heart disease, diabetes and cancer, Sitting Disease has been called the “new smoking” because of how detrimental it can be to overall health.
After a decade of that knowledge, a new study has revealed that we’re actually getting worse. A lot worse.
What does the study say?
Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine have found that American adults are actually sitting an hour more each day than they did a year ago — 6.5 hours per day. The majority of that time (including the additional hour) is spent sitting idly in front of a computer.
The results for teenagers is even worse at an average of 8 hours of sedentary activty every day, most of which is spent in front of a screen of some type.
But blaming screens for a sedentary lifestyle doesn’t fix the problem. The problem is sitting.
How do we fix it?
1. Acknowledge that screens are a part of our lives now. They can be entertainment, but they can also be used for work, for education, and even to save us time on other tasks. To get rid of your screens would be a hasty decision and may had adverse affects on your life.
2. Understand how much we’re sitting. Try keeping a log over the course of a couple of days to understand how much you’re sitting and what activities have you sitting more. If knowledge is power, this log of your sitting is a freight train.
3. Get up and moving more. It’s recommended that everyone get in 20-30 minutes of activity every day. But exercise can only do so much if you still sit for extended periods of time. If you know how much you’re sitting and when (because you followed #2 and made a log), you can plan to interrupt that time with short periods of standing time.
4. Set reminders. It’s easier to remember to take a break from sitting when you have a reminder. Try using an app on your phone if you need to.
5. Move with a friend. Having someone to get moving with you is a great way to be active, social, and have accountability to keep you on the right track.
Many people are stuck sitting for long periods of time at work, in the car, and at home. SwingMove is an app of exercises that are quick and easy to do standing, sitting, or lying down. Done regularly, SwingMove reduces the health risks associated with sitting disease, including cardiovascular issues, diabetes, and some types of cancer.
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