We need to get off our backsides! And I don’t think this applies only to baby boomers.. With winter coming, we should really not sit for four hours every evening after dinner and watch TV. We need a plan! Maybe we could go for a walk, or when too cold perhaps watch an episode of something while we either walk on a treadmill or aerobic bike? But sadly, laziness and sloth seem to be human beings’ default positions. Lol. Let’s fight that!
Check out this article and research from NPR station WBUR.org in Boston.
“Count the number of hours you sit each day. Be honest.
“If you commute an hour in the morning and hour after work — that’s two hours, and if you sit at an eight-hour-a-day desk job that’s 10,” says epidemiologist Loretta DiPietro of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.
“Then you come home at, say, 6 p.m., eat dinner and crash into your recliner for another three to four hours,” says DiPietro. “That’s 13 to 14 hours of sitting.”
Being immobile like that for many hours each day does more than raise the risk of a host of diseases. DiPietro and her colleagues have good evidence that, as the years wear on, it actually reduces the ability of older people to get around on foot at all.
In a study of sitting and walking ability that surveyed people ages 50 to 71 across 8 to 10 years, those who tended to sit the most and move the least had more than three times the risk of difficulty walking by the end of the study, when compared to their more active counterparts.
Some ended up unable to walk at all. The study appears in the current issue of The Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.” READ MORE