Being glued to your seat at work may score you points with the boss, but you could be damaging your health. Add in commute time and watching TV at home, Americans spend a lot of time sitting down.
Sitting for long periods of time can increase your risk of developing cancer even if you’re otherwise fit, according to experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. When you’re inactive, your body can develop inflammation and insulin resistance and you may gain weight, making it harder for your body to fight off cancer.
Short bursts of activity may help, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to a colleague’s desk instead of sending a message or running errands during lunchtime.
Stand up for your health by remembering to get out of your seat and move around several times during your day.