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Here's What Sitting Too Long Does to Your Body

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  • While a brief period of sitting here and there is natural, long periods of sitting day-in and day-out can seriously impact your health and shorten your life
  • Prolonged sitting increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and more
  • Stand as much as possible, while working and during leisure activities, and try to walk 10,000 steps a day

By Dr. Mercola

Your body is designed for regular movement, but many Americans spend the bulk of their day sitting still instead. On average, a US adult spends nine to 10 hours each day sitting, which is so much inactivity that even a 30- or 60-minute workout can't counteract its effects. As Katy Bowman, a scientist Organ Damageand author of the book: Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement, told Reuters:


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