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Too Much Sitting Increases Death Rate Even if You Exercise

Posted Jul 28 2010 10:54am

A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology contradicts the theory that all you have to do is exercise an hour a day to live a long happy life. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention II study between 1992 and 2006 looked at 53,440 men and 69,776 women who had NO history of heart attack, stroke, cancer emphysema or any other lung disease and determined that there’s a link between sitting and death rate.
 
Researchers measured the amount of activity time and sitting time of each of the participants. Results: Men who sat more than 6 hrs. per day were 18% more likely to die than those who sat only 3 hrs per day. And for the Women, the results were even worse. Those who sat 6 or more hrs. per day were 37 % more likely to die compared to women who sat only 3 hrs per day.
 
And here’s the kicker. The death rate didn’t change when physical activity was added into the mix. Now it looks like exercise alone won't safeguard you against other destructive lifestyle habits. Although it helps when you compare the numbers to those who sat on their butts without exercise. (94% higher death rate for men and 48% for women). This study proves that as I’ve said all along, you can’t exercise away a bad diet and sitting on your butt in front of a the TV, computer or video games for hours on end, isn’t the ticket to optimal health .
 
There are several reasons why the results came out the way they did. One is the food. More proof that bad food is the root of all evil. I’m not a betting woman, but if the researchers monitored the diets of the participants, chances are most of them ate a very SAD (Standard American Diet) diet consisting of tons of fast, processed and packaged foods. Also think about the consequences of sitting around all the time which are: decreased circulation, metabolism and a suppressed immune system. Not good circumstances for preventing degenerative diseases by any means. It’s no wonder that the biggest killers in the study were cardiovascular disease and cancer.
 
So how much do you sit each day?  Add it up and let us know what your numbers are in the comment section.  I haven't figured out my average yet, but it's made me want to look into setting up my desk a little more like this.
 
Moral of the story here, since we’re in this day an age of brain stimulating smart phones, I Pads and X-Boxes take time to walk around a little while you’re reading your email, texting or messing with your favorite app. And while you’re at it, add some exercise to your day, sit less and eat real food. It may add years to your life.
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