Sitting is the New Smoking – A slogan that is going to start mainstreaming more and more. Research has proven this to be true, even in those people who are avid exercisers. It turns out that the total time sitting has a greater impact than our hour of physical activity.

People who sit for longer than eight hours a day are at a higher risk for metabolic syndrome, heart disease, diabetes and dementia than those who move frequently throughout the day. When we sit for long periods of time, the processes of breaking down fats and sugars is halted, creating larger pools of toxic buildup in our system, and higher accumulation of fats in our midsection and in the arteries.

Tracy Beeman, MS, RD, LD is a corporate wellness consultant for Seton Medical Center Harker Heights.

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