Sitting All Day Increases Your Risk of Developing Cancer
We all spend a lot of time sitting at our desk, on the couch, or in a car. But recent studies show that too much time spent sitting can increase cancer risk.
In this article, we will explore how cancer from sitting is linked to cancer and what you can do to lower your chances of developing cancer from being sedentary.
According to a distressing new research on the connection between inactivity and cancer mortality, sitting for long periods of time might increase a person’s risk of dying from cancer. The research was epidemiological, recording the lives of people rather than proving a cause-and-effect relationship. However, individuals who spent 90 or more hours per week sitting were as much as 80 percent more likely to die of cancer than those who sat for less than 30 minutes each day.
There is still hope. The research also found that getting up and walking, even if it’s just a little bit more each day, may lower the risk of dying from cancer and perhaps provide another incentive to exercise.
What You Can Do to Combat the Cancer Risk
Reduce screen time
Put the remote down. According to research, your life expectancy decreases by almost 22 minutes for every hour of television you watch after age 25. But the real problem isn’t your TV. It’s the time you waste sitting when binge-watching.
When you spend time in front of a computer, take breaks to walk about. You may also participate in active-play video games or watch your favorite show while riding an exercise bike to increase your heart rate.
Choose an active leisure activity
Take a break from sitting and engage in an activity that doesn’t require it. Take a dance class, work in your garden, or go for a walk around your neighborhood.
You’ll burn about 140 extra calories each day to help you keep a healthy weight. Plus, the activity will help you sleep better.
Use technology to your advantage
Every hour, most email services will allow you to set a reminder for yourself to move.
There are apps for everything, including ones that remind you to take a break and get up and move. Some applications also feature tracking features. Then, they employ charts and graphs to illustrate your activity over time.
Knowing what you do, or don’t do, can be useful.
Reduce sitting at work
When you’re at your desk, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. But there are plenty of ways that moving more without disrupting work will get the blood flowing and make life easier for everyone.
Have an office walking meeting; stand when seminars or presentations come up (though keep in mind not all offices permit this); do some jumping jacks while waiting on hold–or better yet ask co-workers if they want join with their own exercise sessions around here too.
Change your working environment. Standing and treadmill desks are gaining in popularity among office equipment these days.
Working from an upright posture uses more muscles, consumes more energy, and burns more calories than sitting.
Get regular exercise
Cutting back on your sitting time is a good first step to improving the health of not only yourself but also those around you. But don’t forget that exercise has major benefits for reducing cancer risks as well.
For every two and half hours spent in moderate physical activity or an hour and a half devoted exclusively towards vigorous activities each week, we can greatly reduce our chances of developing this disease later in life – so be sure work up an sweat at least once per day.
So, set a reminder or call a buddy to assist you in moving more and sitting less.
Now you know why sitting all day can lead to cancer, and what simple steps you can take to combat it. You may not be able to eliminate your sedentary lifestyle entirely, but these small changes will go a long way toward preventing serious health problems in the future.