Sitting Down May Be Cutting Life Expectancy

Sitting Down May Be Cutting Life Expectancy

A recent study in Sweden revealed some surprising results about our problematic sedentary lifestyles. After putting one group of participants on an exercise regimen, and allowing another group of participants to conduct their lives as they normally would, they discovered that the participants who spent less time sitting had longer telomeres, a component of the chromosome that, when longer than average, is an indicator of a longer lifespan. The catch? The participants who spent less time sitting had longer telomeres whether they were assigned an exercise regimen or not.

In addition to following an exercise routine, it may be important for all of us to assess just how sedentary we are when not at the gym. How many hours per day do you spend sitting at your computer? If you’re anything like me, you spend more waking hours than not in a chair. What can we do to boost our activity levels throughout the day?

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