Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

Dr. Mercola has an excellent article on how just sitting ages us prematurely and makes us unwell.  Sitting at a desk for 8 hours can easily undo the benefit of 30 minutes of exercise.  Apparently the act of getting to our feet is the most beneficial part of all.  Therefore, I recommend that if you want to have good health to try to stand up every 20 minutes if possible.  Here is a summary.

  • Sitting for extended periods of time is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death. Even if you are very fit, if you uninterruptedly sit for a great percentage of the time, you’re still at an increased risk of dying prematurely
  • Research by the NASA scientist responsible for monitoring the astronauts, shows your body declines rapidly when sitting for long periods
  • Simply standing up over 30 times a day is a powerful antidote to long periods of sitting and is more effective than walking
  • There are virtually unlimited opportunities for movement throughout the day, from doing housework or gardening, to cooking and even just standing up every 10 minutes
  • It’s not how many hours of sitting that’s bad for you; it’s how often you interrupt that sitting that is GOOD for you

The complete article is here:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/24/lifestyle-changes-may-decrease-stroke-risk.aspx?e_cid=20130624_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20130624

The video is here:

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