(SANTA MONICA, CA November 14, 2014)
A new study has revealed that sitting for long periods of time can actually be the cause of your death. Those is the United States are the main concern as millions of Americans can be classified as “couch potatoes,” meaning they sit on one place for a long stretches of time watching television. Of course, this can also apply to those who spend hours and hours working on a computer. The Physical Activity Council has recently released a survey that indicates that the inactivity of Americans has grown by over one million in 2011 bringing the total to around seventy million people.
This research simply confirms what we all know, that being consistently inactive will shorten our lifespan by quite a bit. It doesn’t matter what kind of sitting you do, whether it is sitting in front of the computer at work, driving, using the computer, or watching the television, you will be causing harm to your health and you will live a shorter life than others who are more active.
Less Sitting, More Doing!
Should you be worried? Statistics show that most Americans will spend at least five hours watching television every single day. That is five hours of only the television, not including the daily tasks that require you to sit. Although you may not want to miss your favorite shows, doing so will also increase the chances of you developing cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. In fact, Harvard University released a study stating that every two hours a person sits the risk for cardiovascular disease is increased by twenty percent while the risk for type 2 diabetes is increased by twenty.
Mr. America Jason Kozma notes that “For many people, they don’t see excessive sitting as unhealthful, simply lazy. let’s hope these statistics will get out there and get sedentary people to exercise just to protect their essential health.”
Of course, you will not have to stand up forever. The main concern is that people who do sit around all day never get up to exercise. If a person doesn’t exercise, they will gain weight and increase the chances of developing any disease or serious condition. Keeping up this lifestyle for too long will make it easier for you to become obese, which can lead to conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or strokes.
Physical activity is a must in order for us to live life to its fullest. Start out slow and increase the intensity of your exercises over time. You will realize how much better you will feel once you start, and you’ll never want to be classified as a “couch potato” ever again.
“The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.”