Is Sitting On Your Duff Increasing Your Cholesterol?

by Colin Carmichael

You've heard it a million times before … exercise is good for your cholesterol levels.

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Are you sitting so much that it's hurting your health?

Exercise is good for your blood pressure … it's good for your glucose … it'll help you lose weight.

It'd be enough to make us say enough already except … it's 100% spot-on accurate.

In fact, think about this…

Exercise is one of the few things that everyone in the health community can agree on is good for us.

But new research out of The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center reveals something that often gets overlooked, which is the benefit of simply standing.

Consider this interesting factoid…

Over the past 150 years, the average person has gone from standing or walking 90% of the time to only about 35-40% today.

OSU's Dr. Anup Kanodia says that "excessive sitting increases your risk of heart disease by 30%."

And get this…

Dr. Kanodia's research shows that lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme responsible for converting LDL into the protective HDL cholesterol, decreases by as much as 95% when we sit too much.

This one factor alone is thought to be a contributing reason why excessive sitting increases your risk of heart attack.

Don't miss this point from the study…

What's interesting to note here is that just because you workout on a regular basis, doesn't mean you can ignore this warning about sitting too much. You can offset and negate much of that activity if you spend too much of the rest of your day sitting vs. standing or walking.

I have to confess that I've sort of ignored warnings about being too sedentary in the past because I am active … because I do workout on a regular basis.

Don't get me wrong, I've always done a decent job at getting up from my desk on a regular basis … but trust me, I'm going to be even more vigilant about it now.

If you work at a desk in an office environment, you know what a challenge it can be to avoid sitting for extended periods of time.

Here are some tips to help…

  • Stand up when you talk on the phone
  • Use a timer on your watch or computer to signal you to get up and walk around
  • Stand up and move around during commercial breaks, when watching TV
  • Many are now buying a buying a stand up desk to avoid excessive sitting.

In the video below, you can see how one woman takes that idea to another level while she's on her computer…

 

Need another reason to stand more during your day? Consider this…

The average person burns about 100 calories an hour while sitting. That jumps to 150 an hour while standing. Yep, you can burn 50% more calories just by standing.

How would you like to lose 10 pounds by this time next year?

It's estimated that an extra 5 minutes an hour of standing can mean 10 less pounds per year.

I gotta end this article. It's time for me to get up and walk around…

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References:
> It Stands to Reason: Sitting Less Can Improve Health, Extend Life


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