Did you know that if you sit for most of the day, you are 54% more prone to die of a heart attack? This is a serious health trend that we’re seeing in the medical field – and the worst part is the fact that the first symptom of a heart attack in 55% of people is fatality/death.
This statistic is seen in smokers and non-smokers alike, in those who exercise and those who do not, and those who eat healthy and unhealthy too.
Sitting is an independent risk factor. The act of standing and moving raises our levels of an enzyme know as lipoprotein lipase (LDL), whose function is to breakdown fat and turn it into energy. As a society, we are spending more time sitting due to modern technology and fast-food consumption. One study found that people gain 16 pounds on average within 8 months of starting sedentary office work. Our bodies simply adapt to what we do most often. So, as we age, it is so very important to stay up and active. This will also help us to potentially prevent other health problems as well (other than a heart attack). This includes neck and back pain, poor posture, shoulder and hip pain, decreased agility and endurance, fatigue, increased risk of physical injury, facial dysfunction, muscle weakness, transfer dysfunction, weight gain, diabetes, and arthritis. [Read more…] about Sitting is Bad for Your Health – Get Moving!