Is sitting bad for your health?

As humans, sitting comes as natural as standing, walking, or even talking! With new studies emerging every day, the act of excessively sitting has been said to contribute to health problems by researchers. A study found that people who sat for more than 8 hours a day inquired a similar risk of death as people who face obesity or smoke (*gasp*). On a positive note: if you exercise (moderate intense) for 60-75 minutes a day, you can counter this effect! No, you don’t have to quit your desk job just yet! How can something that comes so natural to humans be considered unhealthy? Although there are studies that follow the correlation of sitting and health problems, there is still some controversy within the medical community as to how sitting affects your health. Some studies state that the lack of movement is the real cause to the increase in health problems.

Sitting for extended periods of time has been connected to:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Increase in obesity
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels
  • Cardiovascular disease

“The more we sit the worse it is. The longer the duration of sitting, the more negative impact on our cardiovascular health” stated Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of women’s heart health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

Good practices to stay active

  • Take a break from sitting every 30 minutes
  • Practice standing in activities you would usually sit
  • Consider working from a standing desk or taking a call while walking
  • Walk to work instead of driving
  • Turn everyday activities, like going to the grocery store, into an opportunity to walk!

As humans get older, sitting becomes even more commonplace. A study revealed that as the time spent sitting increases, so does early death by any case. Starting to walk with more frequency can have a positive impact in your life! From burning calories to increased energy, walking helps keep you moving and healthy! If you’re looking to be more active in your life, consider taking your dog (or getting a dog) on a walk! A study claims that people who sit less than 30 minutes at a time have the lowest risk of early death. Many doctors suggest the first step is to be aware of the time you spend sitting and to consciously make an effort to move more throughout the day.

…and if you’re feeling a bit under the weather with a minor ailment (cold, allergies, pink eye, and more), remember you can stay and rest at home! Download the Sniffle app and see a primary care physician of your choice all through the app! It’s that simple. The Sniffle app makes it easier to connect with physicians so you can continue to put your health first. The days of waiting for the “sick feeling” to pass are over. With the Sniffle app, you don’t have to miss work or school to connect with physicians. Start feeling better sooner.

So…If you’re sitting at home reading this article in that big, comfy couch next to the TV…Stand up and start moving! Being active starts by making a choice!