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Published on September 03, 2015

The Negative Health Effects of Prolonged Sitting

woman sitting at a computer

Woman sitting at computerScreen Time Leads to a Sedentary Lifestyle

Think for a moment about all of the time you spend sitting -- whether you’re at your desk, in front of the TV, at a computer or in your car. That’s a lot of sitting! And for most of us, that adds up to several hours every day. Maybe even the majority of our waking hours.

With all of today’s modern comforts and conveniences, it’s pretty easy to find yourself leading a sedentary lifestyle. As relaxing as that sounds, sitting too long can lead to serious health risks. These risks include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Premature death

Match these behaviors with someone who exercises very little or not at all, and it doesn’t take long to figure out you need to make some adjustments.

Tips to Reduce Sedentary Time

The good news is that even if you are stuck in an office all day, you can make some minor changes throughout your day to get yourself moving. Use the following tips to break up the time spent sitting with some simple stretches and exercises:

  • Get out of your work chair for a quick stretch for one to three minutes each hour during your day
  • Get a desk that allows you to position it for standing or sitting
  • Take a short walk during your breaks and lunch
  • Stand or do some exercises while watching TV
  • Try standing instead of sitting when you are on the phone or social media

We’ve all heard that moderate to intense exercise for 30 minutes every day is the goal, but you may not have heard about the dangers of sitting still the other 23.5 hours of the day. So make it a point to keep moving all day long to maintain good health!

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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