do you have a sedentary lifestyle?

Did you know a sedentary lifestyle can lead to hypokinetic diseases?

Hypokinetic diseases are caused by a lack of physical activity or low movement in one’s lifestyle. Certain hypokinetic conditions can occur from a sedentary lifestyle. These include…

  • Obesity (Having a BMI of 30 of higher)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Some forms of cancer
  • Back problems
  • Weight gain
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Poor mental health
  • High Blood pressure
  • Dementia
  • Arthritis

designDo you have a sedentary lifestyle? There is a way to find out.

Ask your self (and then compute the answer to) this question “out of a 24 hour period how much time do I spend…”

  • sitting at a table eating meals or snacks?
  • sitting in a car while commuting to work, running errands, or shuttling children?
  • sitting at a desk at work, school or home?
  • sitting with a device for social networking, surfing the web, or shopping online?
  • sitting down to take a break, relax, or meditate?
  • sitting down to watch TV,  play video games, read, do crossword puzzles, or any other ‘seated’ hobby?
  • laying down and sleeping or napping?

If you are spending more than three hours a day sedentary, you may be cutting off two years of your life expectancy. Sitting for six hours a day can cause a woman to lose up to 1 percent of bone loss per year. More than 15 hours a day increases your body’s risk for cancer.

“Sitting is the new smoking” says Dr. James Levine of the Mayo clinic, “sitting stops electrical activity in the muscles and shuts down the production of the enzyme that removes fats from the blood.”

Studies also indicate that even if you spend a half an hour at the gym each day, but the rest of the time is spent sitting, the negative effects of your sedentary lifestyle trump the workout.

Research by Dr. Carol Kennedy-Ambruster, a professor at the University of Indiana, indicates “lots of movement all day long combined with a bout of formal exercise contributes the most good to metabolic health and the prevention of chronic disease.”

So…Stand up! Stand up for activity breaks! Take short breaks every hour and you can interrupt the effects of too much sitting.

We were meant to move.

Drawing pop art can be accomplished through sharpies and markers. Good example of movement and expression, too.
Keith Haring
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