Lately, the only nursing posts I’ve done have been link ups… that’s all fine and dandy, but I’d like to continue sharing little tid bits from the field of medicine, if that’s okay.
*This one goes out to all my fellow bloggers.
According to this study, excessive sitting is linked to an increased risk of certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. Basically, the people who sit the most, die the soonest. They say that even if you exercise, the risk of death still rises in the active people who sat longer.
Maybe that’s why the chair model in The Office died…
To put it into perspective, the study says that people who sat more than 11 hours a day had a 40% higher risk of dying in the next three years than people who sat less than four hours a day. Yes, there are tons of other factors that could play into this study, but the message I take away is that I need to get up and MOVE.
Maybe this seems obvious to you.
But when I think about the years I’ve shaved off my life by working night shift and now the hours I’ve spent at the computer writing up posts, reading other’s blogs, responding to e-mails…it makes me want to make some changes.
Take frequent breaks from sitting. Get up every 20 minutes or so for a short walk, even as short as 2 minutes. And no, walking to the kitchen to get yourself another bowl of ice cream doesn’t count. #guilty.