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Sitting is the New Smoking

by Dr. Kim Selir on 11/06/2015

Category: Movement

Did you know that the average American spends about 2 more hours a day sitting than sleeping?

Based on our ancestors, it shouldn't be a surpirse that neglecting to stand, is negatively impacting our health as a species. The arrival of new technology brought along a new lifestyle of comfort.

Sitting may sound like a luxury, however, it comes at a deadly cost: "sitting more than 6 hours per day increases the chance of death within 15 years by 40%, compared to a person who sits less than three. "

The moment you sit down, electrical signals in the leg muscles turn off. After a few hours, good cholesterol levels drop and the risk of diabetes increases.

The solution is simple: add more movement.

Movement increases energy, mental clarity, decreases insulin resistance, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Further benefits include decreasing the rate of aging, decreaseing chances of being in a nursing home, decreased risk of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, dementia and much more!

Walking is free. Add some steps to your lifestyle today. Thank you for being on the Wellness Journey.

Your health affects everything you do and everyone you know.

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Be Well! Dr. Kim

Article summarized from the Wellness Index: "You Might Not Want to Sit Down For This"



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