Health & Temperance – Does Sitting Shorten Your Life?

sittingIn a report featured on KGW television in Portland, Ore., David Hall, a physician at Adventist Health Occupational Medicine, says Americans who sit too much are compromising their health. “Americans are gaining weight and getting more out of shape because we spend so much of our life sitting down,” Hall says. “If you sit 11 hours or more a day, you may have a 30 to 40 percent chance of dying early.” Between sitting for work at meals, in the car and in front of the TV, Americans spend an average of 7.7 hours off their feet per day, according to Hall. He advises the average office worker to stand up a few minutes at least every hour, make phone calls standing up, and instead of sending an internal office email take a walk to a co-worker’s office. Watch the KGW report online.

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