Sitting down all day is killing you

Sitting down all day is killing you

 

Our lifestyles are moving towards too much sitting, in our cars, at our computer, in front of the TV. It has been predicted that if the current trend continues, the average person will expend only 25% more energy when awake than when asleep.

 

A recent survey showed many people now sit for up to 12 hours a day. This could shave two years off your life expectancy.

 

Some experts have called sitting the “new smoking”. It’s literally killing us.

 

Walking and standing activates metabolic processes related to the breakdown of sugars and fats in the body. But you increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes when sitting for long periods as these processes stall.

 

US scientists have found that sitting affects the expansion of the arteries in the legs and the blood flow back to the heart, another risk factor for heart disease.

 

The good news is the arteries of people who walk for five minutes for every hour of sitting function normally.