10 Ways Sitting Wrecks Your Body


Every Hour of Sitting Increases Your Odds of a Disability

The best way to avoid disability as you age is to stay active and avoid developing a sedentary lifestyle. © monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock
The best way to avoid disability as you age is to stay active and avoid developing a sedentary lifestyle. © monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock

Watch out -- as we get older, sitting becomes a perilous activity. It sounds mad, risky sitting, but according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, it's true. Adults over age 60 average about nine hours of sitting each day, and what researchers found when they studied this age group is that for every additional hour spent sitting, the odds of that person developing an activities of daily living (ADL) disability increased by almost 50 percent. ADL includes things we normally take for granted, such as dressing ourselves, bathing and walking, and that risk of developing an ADL disability exists regardless of whether you're engaging in physical activity in addition to all those sedentary hours [source: Dunlop].

Author's Note: 10 Ways Sitting Wrecks Your Body

Don't take this sitting down. Ha! (I just couldn't help myself.) Jokes aside, there are some pretty frightening statistics associated with spending a lot of time seated, especially as many of them were stats on how likely you are to die prematurely depending on how many hours you sit each day (40 percent more likely if you sit more than 2 to 4 hours? Yikes!).

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