The benefits of exercise and a healthy diet are well documented. Most of us hear them repeated by our primary care physician. In recent years, researchers have identified another negative behavior that plays a vital role in healthy aging: sitting too much. It is so important that some experts refer to a sedentary lifestyle as the new smoking epidemic.
Spending too much of your day sitting has been linked to health conditions such as:
Research shows a person’s risk of early death is directly impacted by how much time they spend sitting each day. The lowest risk of early death was found among middle-aged adults and seniors who sat for 30 minutes or less at a time.
Spending less time seated does not mean you have to rigorously exercise or stand for long periods of time. You just need to avoid sitting. This is good news for older adults who may have mobility challenges or difficulty with balance.
7 Tips for Sitting Less Each Day
Here are a few suggestions to help ensure you spend less time seated every day:
Our final tip is to be more aware of your behavior. When you are about to sit down, ask yourself if you really need to. Sometimes sitting too much is nothing more than a bad habit you can overcome.
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