Sedentary Lifestyle

Friday, January 09, 2015

In our modern society, we sit way too much. As we age, a sedentary lifestyle can have dire results. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that looked at the effects of a sedentary lifestyle in postmenopausal women in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Being sedentary isnt good for you, especially as you get older. In fact, the more time you devote to sitting and resting the greater your risk of an earlier death compared with more active people.

That conclusion is from a study of 93,000 postmenopausal U.S. women published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Women who are idle, with more than 11 hours of daily sedentary time, not counting sleep, could be more prone to cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease or cancer compared with women who have four hours or less of inactivity a day.

Excessive sitting impacts our bodys metabolic system. Studies show that, on average, people sit for almost eight hours a day.

Researchers also say that its not enough to be fit and go the gym regularly. You should get up and move more frequently, whether youre working at your desk or watching your favorite television shows.

Standing is like walking, it increases energy, burns extra calories, tones muscles and improves posture.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.