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Sitting Too Much Can Be Risky To Your Health Even if You Exercise


Sitting and watching TV, traveling by car, and sitting long hours at work result in arisky lifestyle. The average U.S. adult spends more than 50 percent of his or her time each day in this type of activities. Results from the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study have shown that participants who spend more time sitting have a greater risk of death than those who do not even after taking into account exercise participation. Those who report watching TV more than 7 hours per day still had a greater likelihood of death from all-causes and cardiovascular disease—even if they reported exercising more than three hours each week.


This research suggests that exercising at recommended amounts may not be enough. Reducing sitting time may be a way to increase longevity. Currently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults 65 years and older should avoid inactivity and do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity. If this is not possible due to health conditions, older adults should be as physically active as their abilities allow.


There are many ways to add activity to your life's daily routine. A 5 minute brisk walk every couple of hours at work. Love to watch TV! The commercials last 15-20 minutes every hour!!!! If you watch TV for 3 hours a day walking on a treadmill through the commercials could amount to 1 hour of excercise daily! And if you watch TV while walking on the treadmill that's 3 hours of walking.


Don't have a treadmill you can walk around your TV room. To make it more rewarding measure out the room (office space) and keep a tally everytime you go around the room. You'll be surprised how quickly it adds up to miles of walking. For more information about getting more activity in your life reach for our book:

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Matthews CE, George SM, Moore SC, Bowles HR, Blair A, Park Y, Troiano RP, Hollenbeck A, Schatzkin A. Amount of time spent in sedentary behaviors and cause-specific mortality in US adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012; 95:437-445.