Science of Nutrition

The Negative Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Sedentary Lifestyle

Do you consider yourself a sedentary person?

As much as you might not want to be called “sedentary,” or be labelled as a “couch potato,” you have to ask yourself the following: When was the last time that you took the stairs instead of the elevator or parked further away from the entrance just to get some extra steps in?

Do you walk around during the day, or do you sit at your desk for the full 8-9 hours before heading home to relax on the couch?

If you find yourself guilty, you’re not alone. According to the World Health Organization, ​​60% to 85% of people in the world lead sedentary lifestyles.

Sitting down has become the “norm”

Wake up, drive to work, sit for eight hours, drive home, order dinner delivery, and then plop on the couch for some much-needed zone out time.

Sound familiar?

Even when we visit loved ones, the first thing they often say is, “Come on in! Take a seat! Make yourself comfortable!”

As a society, being sedentary has become the norm, and the negative health effects are starting to catch up. 

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The consequences are quickly catching up to us

According to Dr. James Levine, author of Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It, life expectancy decreases by 22 minutes for every one hour spent watching television.

Even more so, there are negative consequences on our physical, mental, and spiritual health when we live a sedentary lifestyle.

Being sedentary doesn’t just affect adults, though. Nearly two thirds of our children are insufficiently active.

Cynthia shares tips for how to get the whole family off the couch, like her family’s post-dinner walks around the neighborhood. Listen in to learn more about the health benefits of an active lifestyle and ways to add meaningful movement into your life today! 

Listen to Discover...
  • Surprising (and shocking!) statistics about how being sedentary negatively affects your overall health
  • Realistic ways to approach movement in a sustainable way 
  • Why a standing desk isn’t the magic solution to society’s sedentary epidemic 
  • Cynthia’s “3 S’s” method to get moving during the work day 
  • Simple lifestyle shifts that you can implement today
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