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Sitting Down May Be Cutting Life Expectancy

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A recent study in Sweden revealed some astonishing consequences about our sedentary lifestyles that were baffling.

You may want to sit down for this one… sitting more than three hours a day increases your risk of dying. Now stand up!

According to a study published this week in the online journal BMJ Open, which analyzed five underlying studies of nearly 167,000 people over a range of four to 14 years, sitting down for more than three hours a day can cut a person’s life by two years, even if he or she is physically active and avoids dangerous habits like smoking and drinking. In addition, watching TV for more than two hours a day can decrease one’s life expectancy by another 1.4 years, said the report.

Lead researcher of the study, Dr. Katzmarzyk told the Wall Street Journal, “Try to stand as much as you can. Typically when you’re on the telephone you can stand with speaker phone. Instead of emailing someone in the office, just get up and go talk to them.” He also told WebMD, that “It’s comparable to obesity, and it’s almost to the level of smoking. We need to turn that around and engineer sitting out of our lives.” Credits: Desk Jockey Alert: Sitting Too Much Cuts Down Your Life Expectancy

Along with following an exercise routine, it could be significant for all of us to evaluate exactly how sedentary we’re when not at the fitness center. If you are anything similar to me, you spend more waking hours in a seat. So what can we do to foster our action levels every day?

One response could be to put on a monitoring device for example a Jawbone tracker or a Fitbit. The amount of measures you take is filed in the apparatus, and might motivate you to take as many as possible. Or you also can even construct your own treadmill desk…it is simpler than you might imagine!

Restricting the amount of time spent seated every day to less than 3 hours might boost the life expectancy of US adults by an extra 2 years, indicates an analysis of published research in the online journal BMJ Open.

And cutting down TV viewing to less than 2 hours every day might extend life by almost 1.4 years, the findings suggest.

Several previous studies have linked extended periods spent sitting down and/or watching TV to poor health, such as diabetes and death from heart disease/stroke.

The researchers used data collected for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for 2005/6 and 2009/10, to calculate the amount of time US adults spent watching TV and sitting down on a daily basis.

NHANES regularly surveys a large representative sample of the US population on various aspects of their health and lifestyle. Credits: Cutting daily sitting time to under 3 hours might extends life …

Park a bit further from the entry to the supermarket. Even better, walk to the shop. Get the stairs rather than the lift. It can help clear your head, and even better, seemingly, it might lengthen your own life.

The study, which was published Monday in the journal BMJ Open, estimated that our nation’slife expectancy would be 2.0 years higher if we collectively reduced the amount of time we spend sitting to less than three hours a day and 1.38 years higher if we reduced our TV viewing to less than 2 hours a day. … “And despite disproportionate spending on health care, life expectancy in the U.S. continues to fall downthe ladder of international rankings of length of life. Credits: Sedentary behavior may be cutting two years off U.S. life expectancy …


Watch this video – “Sitting for Hours a Day Cuts Life Span”:



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