Janet Marshall is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Living section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter. She thinks most things are fine in moderation.
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Is sitting killing you?
An infographic called “Sitting Is Killing You: The Truth About Sitting Down” uses data from places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to show that sitting all day can hasten your death.
“Sitting 6+ hours per day makes you up to 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than three. Even if you exericse,” says the graphic, posted online by a group called medicalbillingandcoding.org.
Dr. Christopher Lillis, who’s written a column for Sunday’s Healthy Living section about the importance of walking, forwarded it to me earlier today. I can’t vouch for all its conclusions, but it spoke to me with passages like: “The human body simply isn’t built to sit for long periods of time.”
You can check it out at http://www.medicalbillingandcoding.org/sitting-kills/