Sitting Still Causes Death!

You know how something pops up all over the internet,


something ordinary creates a dreadful condition. Over a year ago,  the shocker was sitting shortens your life!

Here’s the bad hook-If you sit for more than six hours a day, your life is shorter by an average of seven years. Life shorteners you may encounter: heart disease, breast and prostate cancer, pre-diebetes, osteoporosis, and more.

All kinds of people sit for a big part of their day- bus drivers, admins, even the mail carrier in our area sits in her truck all day. Do most writers sit for more than six hours a day? Probably. I know I do.

If you are not moving right along, your blood chemistry has increased LDL- the ‘bad’ cholesterol, making you more susceptible to osteoporosis, and to developing insulin resistance, first step on path to diabetes.

More bad news from

“Right after you sit down, the electrical activity in your muscles slows down and your calorie-burning rate drops to one calorie per minute. “

Now the amazingly easy secret antidote:

Stand up and move around once each hour.

Sitting shortens your life, but a small amount of movement changes that picture.

Got that? Moving a little each hour does the trick. Being restless and fidgety is good for you!

Phew!! This is easy stuff like walking to the water cooler or printer. Maybe befriending a smoker and going outside with them.

Pacing inside, walking to the mail box or or checking out the sky can all add years to my life.

Gotta have some physical activity as part of my routine. Maybe that adrenaline rush from the horror about what sitting at the computer does to my body helped me in some other way.

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1 Response to Sitting Still Causes Death!

  1. MNL says:

    this was an interesting read — I’m going to die! lol. It is a good reminder to make sure you don’t spend too much time without getting up while you’re tapping away on the computer.


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