You already know that sitting too much - whether it be in front of the TV or behind the computer for a few hours every day - can feel awful and wreak havoc on your health.
But did you know that sitting too much can also boost your risk of certain types of cancer? It's true!
According to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, sedentary behaviour can increase your risk of colon, endometrial and lung cancer. And The American Medical Association (AMA) agrees that sitting for extended periods of time can be bad for personal health.
Read on for more information on this eye-opening finding.
New research finds a link between a sedentary lifestyle and increased cancer risk
For the study, which was a review of 43 prior studies, researchers analysed more than 4,000,000 study participants and nearly 70,000 cases of cancer
. They found that for every additional two hours a participant spent sitting per day increased his or her risk of colon cancer
by 8%, endometrial cancer by 10% and lung cancer by 6%.
Researchers noted that because this study is a review of previous studies, it doesn’t prove that sitting itself necessarily causes these cancers. Instead, it may be that sedentary behaviour associated with other unhealthy habits cause cancer.
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Simple ways to stop sitting all day
Until more research is published, you should consider installing a standing desk in front of your home or office workstation, take lots of standing or walking breaks throughout the day or try the below tips to break up extended hours of sitting:
Take the stairs.
Walk more around your house.
Refill your water glass every hour.
Stand up and stretch when you’re at your computer a lot.
Stand up or pace while you’re talking on the phone.
Hold a walking meeting.
Consider a standing workstation.
Walk after you eat lunch.
Park your car farther away from your destination. Don't look for that perfect spot up close!
Work your calves when you brush your teeth.
Get vigorous about your daily cleaning and cooking.
Don't send emails if the recipient is in walking distance. Get up, walk and talk!
Stand up or do exercises while watching TV.
These simple tips will help you move more and stand up for your health!
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