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Last night I was watching, Catalyst, a science based programme on the ABC. They were talking about how dangerous it is for us to sit down for long periods. To watch the segment, http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3568627.htm
I have been reading about it in some of the health books too, but I didn’t understand just how bad it can be. The programme last night certainly makes you aware of how long we sit without a break. Travelling, work, television, reading, computers, seeing a show etc . You can have a 40% increase of death if you sit for more than 4 hours a day even if you exercise. However, if you don’t exercise you are worse off. By sitting, your body has no muscle contractions. Muscle contraction helps the body to clear blood sugar levels, blood fat levels. Sitting leads to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. If you break up your sitting time with some light movement then you can alleviate some of the danger. So make a cuppa, have a toilet break, a quick walk, play with the dog, do some gardening, or heaven forbid housework, anything at all to break up your sitting time.