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Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Is sitting the new smoking? This may be a tad over dramatic yet researches have discovered sitting can literally shave years off your lifespan. sitting

The act of sitting can be unavoidable, especially when engaged in activities such as driving and working. However, watching TV and scrolling through social media, are two popular activities within your control.  It may be time to make a change in your routine! How is sitting impacting your lifespan?

What are the risks of sitting?

New research claims sitting has a drastic negative impact on our health.

One recent study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV or other screen-based entertainment with those who logged more than four hours a day of recreational screen time. Those with greater screen time had:

A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause

About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack

Alternatives to sitting:

  • Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch.
  • If you work at a desk for long periods of time, try a standing desk, counter or high table
    Standing Desk by Dvice

    Standing Desk by Dvice


  • Walk to work
  • Walk laps with your colleagues rather than gathering in a conference room for meetings.
  • Position your work surface above a treadmill



This quick informative video will dish you the dirty truth.  Warning, after watching, you may have the urge to jump up and run out the door!

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Mayo Clinic Provided Facts for this article

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