Sitting and affects on health

red flower lady
By red flower lady Latest Reply 2012-01-13 18:37:29 -0600
Started 2012-01-13 14:22:53 -0600

I just read an article on Huffpost this morning that talks about how sitting affects our health. It said that for those of us who spend the larger part of our day sitting puts individuals at higher risk for diabetes, obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease — even if you clear time for daily exercise. It also said how it can increase your overall death risk and if you add six hours of watching tv that increases the risk.

Cancer is linked to sitting, but with at least 30 minutes of exercise, like a brisk walk can cut your risk. It also causes " mechanical stretching load" which means our rear ends are expanding and turning into flab, which causes a 50% increase in fat.

Finally, thank goodness as I'm overwhelmed, it said sitting can increase your chance of a heart attack. It mentions, Men's Health covered a study in journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, in which Louisiana researchers said it raises the risk up to 54% that your more likely to die from a heart attack if the majority of the day is spent sitting. It also said, that sitting was an independent risk factor for cardiovascular events.

I know that alot of this information isn't new to us, but seeing it in print just did something to me. I was an avid bike rider, dancer and runner and still developed juvenile diabetes and along the way added several more conditions. Being a floral designer for weddings etc… I didn't get to sit very often and in fact, spent at times long hours standing to complete the event. So, that being said, I wonder how many articles are out there for individuals who are active that end up with diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular events which all increased my death risk. Oh, I can stand to lose some lbs off of my rear end as well, just not very much, haha.

I guess my point is, that no matter what we do there is always a condition just waiting for the right opportunity to sneek into our bodies, but we still need to be active, eat right and try to have a positive attitude, enjoy our family and friends and then deal with whatever comes our way.

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Young1s 2012-01-13 14:56:00 -0600 Report

It's the old "Damned if you do, damned if you don't". But that doesn't excuse us from staying on top of our health. So I agree, anything I can do to extend my lifespan for myself, my family and my friends, is worth the doing.

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