You might remember an earlier post this month when I suggested making time in your schedules—even briefly during lunch—to dedicate to walking. The truth is, as business innovator Nilofer Merchant put it in a recent TED Talks speech, “sitting has become the smoking of our generation.” And surely as you finish reading these words at your desk right now, the realization becomes immediate.
As Merchant points out, just one hour of sitting slows production of fat burning enzymes by as much as 90 percent. In addition to body weight this negatively impacts cholesterol levels as well as increases the risk of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Additionally, an Australian study found that for each additional hour a person spent sitting watching television, it increases his/her chance of dying by 11 percent.
What this means to you is, well, stop reading this now, stand up and get moving already!
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