Can sitting too much kill you?

In today’s world, we do a lot of sitting. We sit down to eat. We sit in the car to get to work. We sit when we get to work. Then we sit back in the car so we can get back home to sit down to dinner. After that long day of sitting, we move to the couch and sit down to watch TV. What can all that sitting do to us?

Well, I don’t have to tell you that it very definitely affects your posture and your musculoskeletal health. You feel that at the end of the day anyway.

But Travis Saunders, a Certified Exercise Physiologist in Canada, sounds the very important alarm in a recent post on Scientific American’s website.  Here’s a snippet:

…in healthy human subjects, just 5 days of bed rest has been shown to result in increased plasma triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, as well as increased insulin resistance—all very bad things. And these weren’t small changes—triglyceride levels increased by 35%, and insulin resistance by 50%!

via Scientific American Guest Blog: Can sitting too much kill you?.

The gist of it is that the more you sit on a daily basis, the likelier it is that you will end up with a shocking number of diseases ad disorders as well as a noticeably higher risk of dying! I strongly recommend you check this article out.  Scientific American Guest Blog: Can sitting too much kill you?


About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.

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