Why You Need to Get Off Your Butt

The dangers of sitting all day.

by Shari Miller Sims

Researchers recently concluded that working out can’t compensate for a sedentary life. “While the studies are small, the data consistently suggest that if you sit still for prolonged periods during the day, even if you are exercising later, you are at higher risk for health complications including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers,” reports Elin Ekblom-Bak of the Karolinska Institute/Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences.

“The main issue here is swelling of the lower legs, partly because of pressure on the undersides of the thighs,” says Peter G. Snell, PhD, associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “I recommend a two- to three-minute walk every hour to get the blood moving.”

Originally published in the May 2010 issue of More.

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