Sitting- The New Smoking!

images            Health professionals are finding that sitting for long periods of time, day in - day out is surprisingly more harmful then smoking. The combination of commuting to work, sitting at a computer, and coming home to watch TV, the average person is spending way too much time on their bums. It‘s this sedentary lifestyle that is contributing to today’s chronic health issues and is slowly killing more people than smoking.

Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University of Obesity Solutions states -

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people then HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death”. 
He also is credited with coining that mantra “sitting is the new smoking”. He’s not the only one who believes it. Researchers have found major supporting evidence that a sedentary lifestyle puts one at a much high risk for developing cancer, heart disease, type two diabetes, muscular and joint problems, LPL enzyme disruption, and depression.

For example, just one of many studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found men and women who sat more than six hours a day died, earlier than their counterparts who only sat 3 hours or less. The study surveyed 53,440 men and 69,776 women who were healthy at the start and after a 14-year follow-up they saw a higher rate of mortality among the longer sitters. These associations of mortality were mostly due to cardiovascular disease. YIKES!

Sitting like smoking is clearly bad for our health. Luckily, we can minimize the risk by simply limiting the time spent on our butts each day, standing more and being active. That’s right, the simple action of standing has been found in many studies to offset the effects of sitting. So, a standing desk could be a simple solution for the work environment. But more importantly living an active lifestyle should be the priority, just like brushing your teeth twice a day.

To create a successful active lifestyle, at Align we highly suggest choosing activities that you find fulfilling, enjoyable and want to do daily, like Pilates and yoga. Begin today by saying no to sitting and start moving for a better quality of life!