Modern adults live a sedentary lifestyle. We sit while traveling, working, watching TV, and playing games. Even talking to friends, shopping, and paying bills can all be done without leaving the computer. According to a poll of almost 6,300 people done by the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, the average person spends over 8 hours a day sitting down. Even for those who exercise regularly, this amount of sitting is detrimental to heart health.
Until recent generations, people spent most of their day in motion. Society required them to farm, hunt, build, carry, and mostly travel on foot. However, technological advancements have significantly decreased our activity levels. Our bodies were not designed to spend so much time sitting still. When we sit for too long, our bodies begin to shut down. Our circulation decreases, our fat-burning enzymes become inactive, and our bodies use less blood sugar. In addition to heart disease, this can lead to bowel cancer, diabetes, back problems, obesity, and depression.
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