Sedentary Lifestyle

Does sitting all day hurt your overall health even if you exercise frequently?

So here’s a news flash. Sitting is no good for you. Yes, I know this probably isn’t a big revelation, but we should all be cognizant of the fact that sitting and working all day long is not good for your health. The issue is that we like to tell ourselves that hitting the gym and jumping on a treadmill should be able to make up for that, but that may not be the truth. According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine researchers say that how much a person sits each day is correlated with higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

According to this study people that had more of a sedentary lifestyle were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. What the study revealed was that the combination of sitting less and exercise was the key to potentially better long term health.

If you are looking to lose weight, also keep in mind that when you stand you end up burning twice as many calories as when sitting. It might be something to consider at the workplace. If standing all day long may not be feasible then maybe consider getting up and walking around every hour for a few minutes.

I would encourage anyone to keep in mind that it’s the little changes we make in our daily activity that can make a huge difference in our overall health. If you have any questions or would like a more customized approach to your care, please do not hesitate to contact my office for an appointment.

Dr. Shah, MD

McNamee, David. “Sitting increases disease risk… and exercise may not reduce it.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 22 Jan. 2015. Web.
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