Stand Up!

“Sitting is the new smoking,” Allie Shaw writes.

stand-up“That’s the buzz ricocheting around health circles, as a growing mountain of medical research decries our national addiction to sitting on our rear ends.”

“As a health reporter, I’ve read the research, from the National Institutes of Health to the Mayo Clinic to the American Cancer Society, all of which warns that prolonged sitting leads to increased risks of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Not even regular exercise can undo the damage caused by such a sedentary lifestyle.

“That got me to wondering, did I have what some experts called ‘the sitting disease'”

Said Dr. James Levine: “It’s simply hard. And the reason it’s so hard is because we have orchestrated a world where you can’t function without sitting.”