Wednesday, 28 March 2012

You better stand up to read this, sitting for too long may kill you

Chances are, you're sitting down right now!

A huge study of over 200,000 people regarding standing up was published in the journal internal medicine.

It shows that standing up more often reduces your chance of dying in the next 3 years for nearly 40%. Physically active? There's no hiding, standing up is just as good for you as for anyone!

The study was on a large scale which increases reliability of these findings.

How long should I be up and about?

The research shows that adults who spent more than 11 hours a day sat down had a 40% increased chance of dying in the next 3 years than people who sat for less than 4 hours a day.

Signs that you sit down too much are:

  • Bigger waist sizes
  • Higher level cholesterol
  • Higher level blood sugar and triglyceride's.

Keep up those morning runs and trips to the gym!

Physical activity is still essential, statistics being inactive people have double the chance of dying within 3 years than active people.

The average adult spends 90% of their leisure time sat time, eg watching tv, driving, playing xbox etc.

Even more alarming is the amount of people who don't meet the WHO's (world health organization) exercise recommendations, less than 50%!

Heart foundation CEO Tony Thirlwell said that being inactive increases the risk for cardiovascular disease substantially.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for around 17 million deaths worldwide every year!

If you're wondering why people get out and move in aeroplanes, this is the reason!

Modern entertainment

Nowadays a lot of activities are based around sitting down, noticeably the majority of activities young people take part in.

For example using computers, playing computer games, watching tv, even sitting in cars during traffic.

Don't you think it's about time to get up and have a walk?

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