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Too Much Sitting Is Bad For Your Health

Sitting for long periods is probably one of the worst things you can do to the human body, and now there’s proof of it.

Back pain from sittingRecent scientific research discovered by a Doylestown chiropractor, has found that sitting for eight or more hours a day, the way many people do when they work at an office, along with not exercising, can be as bad for your health as obesity or smoking.

Sitting has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, certain types of cancer, and other ailments, as new research shows.

The good news is that moderate physical activity, meaning a minimum of 60 minutes a day, can negate the ill effects of prolonged sitting. A study published in the online medical journal Lancet found that 60 to 75 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking, can erase the higher risk of death for people who sit eight hours a day.

If you sit in an office all day long but come home and watch five hours of television at night, however, you’ve lost the benefit from your daily exercise, says the best chiropractor near me.

back pain sitting watching TV

Scientists analyzed more than a dozen studies that looked at physical activity levels, television watching and other sedentary habits of more than one million people, mostly older than age 45, and most living in First World countries.

It’s becoming clear that prolonged sitting is not good for health. Although you can’t just quit your job if it involves hours of sitting, you can certainly do your best to prevent the back pain from sitting it causes if you get out for a brisk walk, bike ride, or other type of moderate exercise for at least an hour a day.

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