Is Your Bottom Killing You?
You might not think your backside is a serious risk to your health. But that’s the unequivocal warning that is coming from health scientists. Your bottom is dangerous.
Armed with the results of longitudinal studies of wide cross sections of society across different countries, the news is not good. Especially if you happen to be a writer, driver, office worker, or slothful couch potato.
You are much more likely to suffer serious health problems (including cardiac and cancer related diseases), if you sit down too much. Yep, you read that right: just from sitting down.
So if you are feeling a bit antsy suddenly reading this, then by all means stand up and go for a little stroll to the kitchen and get yourself a hot or cold drink. This will still be here to finish reading when you come back (I’ll wait).
Sitting is the secret culprit that is not just compounding our increasing weight challenges, it’s also having a host of ill effects across the board. Which leads you to ask, “Well if that really is true, how much sitting is too much?”
Well, it seems anything over 30 minutes is doing you bad. Better to get up after 20 minutes and go get another hot drink, go to the toilet (you will need to because of all the drink breaks you’ll be having), or find some other excuse to get out of your seat and change your posture.
Who would have believed your bottom could get you into so much trouble? Yet, the jury has concluded that prolonged sitting for anything is unhealthy and risks taking years off your life.
I have to say this is hard news to take. Especially for me, who loves to sit down to enjoy a good read, browse the Internet, chat over a tea or coffee, and watch TV.
These activities are now up there with base-jumping in terms of health hazards – simply because we tend to do them for too long at a stretch.
Happily, however, there is some good news to this bottom-bashing saga. If you will discipline yourself to get up and move around for as little as a minute or three every 20-30 minutes you will have nothing to worry about. This means you will be able to do all of the things you regularly do and ensure your buttocks will not be to blame for anything.
Will making this switch be easy? Well, it’s no hardship to get up for another cuppa or pat the cat. But it does take creating a new habit and that takes effort for about a month until you do it naturally.
Otherwise, your tails desire to find a comfy spot to sit down is risking your life. Just when you thought it was safe to sit down, it turns out that your body really needs a lot more variety (for, like a puppy, it needs lots of activity, being taken for walks, and plenty of opportunity to roll around). Sigh! I think I better go and lie down!
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