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Don’t Sit Down

Sitting in Wardsboro

Sitting in Wardsboro (Photo credit: tomswift46 ( Hi Res Images for Sale))

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.

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4 comments on “Don’t Sit Down

  1. yellowlancer
    August 17, 2012

    We have a long driveway and I like to walk my dogs to the gate and back a few times each day but the weather has been lousy this week. After reading this, though, I will make more effort on those bad-weather days!

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    • judysp
      August 18, 2012

      As long as you get up and move around it doesn’t have to be major exercise. Just getting the muscles to contract seems to be the main gist of the story.
      It’s hard though when you are in the middle of doing something like blogging or writing a story isn’t it?
      cheers Judy 🙂

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  2. dorannrule
    August 18, 2012

    Uh Oh! I’m in big trouble with this blogging obsession! Thanks for sharing.

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