Sitting for Deathrow
Transportation, technology, and automation have made us more sedentary than ever.
It’s not unheard of for people to sit more than 10 hours in a single day. It’s a dramatic departure from what our ancestors had.
And it’s dangerous to our health… Literally. The longer we sit the higher the risk for heart disease and for death.
But if we have to sit for long periods of time, how can we offset it?
The answer? By moving. Going for a walk or doing chores for just 30 minutes reduces the risk of death by 17%.
And doing hard exercise for 30 minutes reduces the risk by 35%.
Why might this be?
When we sit, we may be more likely to eat, including snacking.
It may also change metabolic biomarkers by suppressing enzymes involved in fat metabolism inside our muscles.
Leading to increased blood fats, cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar