Avoiding sitting disease:
Have you heard of sitting disease? We are all aware that exercise is one of the important components of a long and healthy life. Scientists are now finding that a lack of exercise can actually be dangerous. In a new study done at Northwestern University, researchers found that sedentary behavior is a major risk factor for future disability. This includes having problems with everyday activities like eating, dressing, and bathing. The study looked at the habits of adults age 60 and older.
Previous studies have found links between the amount of time adults spend sitting and the risk of health conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, circulatory problems and musculoskeletal problems. This shows that it’s not just a lack of mobility that results from “sitting disease.” Seniors with a sedentary lifestyle can have increased risk of illness, isolation and lower quality of life in general.
One study of older adults found that high levels of daily physical activity reduced the risk of death by up to 75% (compared to those with low levels of activity). Thanks to increased awareness about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, there are more fitness trends designed to get people out of their chairs and get active, at any age or fitness level. Getting started now can prevent health and mobility issues down the road.
Everyone’s fitness level is different. If not sure what you or a loved one can do, check with your doctor.
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