Why move? Sitting is the new smoking! The more you sit, the poorer your health and the earlier you may die.
We love to sit – in cars, at the desk, on the sofa, at the match. Research shows that sitting and inactivity are linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and depression.
The human body is designed to move; when sat for extended periods the body shuts down at the metabolic level. When muscles (especially certain leg muscles) aren’t moving, circulation slows, using less blood sugar and burning less fat.
- Men who sit more than six hours a day have an 18% increased risk of dying from heart disease and a 7.8% increased chance of dying from diabetes compared with someone who sits for three hours or less a day.
- In 2013, more deaths will be attributed to physical inactivity (5.3 million) than smoking (5 million).
- Today’s 10-year-olds are the first generation expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents
So move that Mo!