While we generally tell people to sit down before hearing bad news, in this case, stand up. Doctors say a sedentary lifestyle may shorten one's life and cause cardiac problems.
Americans have developed some bad habits: spending our workdays slouched over a desk in front of a computer, then we sit during our commute home before vegging out in front of the TV or computer. All of this sitting is likely to bring our lives to an ender sooner than we'd like.
"People who are sedentary have increased inflammation just as a result of sitting," said Dr. Marc Gillinov with the Cleveland Clinic. "Perhaps it's something to do with less muscle contraction."
Increased inflammation in the body is linked to heart disease, and a new study from England found that markers for inflammation were twice as high for people who spent more than four hours a day sitting in front of a TV or computer.
Those individuals were also much more likely to suffer major cardiac problems and die prematurely.
The one solution: exercise. Doctors said it's the little ways of working exercise into an otherwise sedentary lifestyle that will help make a difference in the long run.
"Take the stairs instead of an elevator," Gillinov said. "Walk down the hallway to talk to somebody instead of sending an email."
However, we get the message. Doctors say it's those little ways of working exercise into our otherwise sedentary lifestyles that will help make a difference in the long run.
The problem is that muscles that go unused for hours at a time develop unhealthy changes, changes can up your risk for heart disease, diabetes and other diseases.