A new study suggests that people who spend the bulk of their day sitting -- whether behind the wheel, in front of the TV or working at a computer -- appear to have an increased risk for certain kinds of cancers.
- Colon Cancer: People who spent the most time sitting during the day had a 24 percent increased risk of getting colon cancer compared to those who logged the least number of hours in a chair
- Endometrial (uterine)Cancer: There was a 32 percent increased risk for women who spent the most time seated compared to those who sat the least
- Moreover, every two-hour increase in sitting time was linked to an 8 percent increased risk of colon cancer and a 10 percent increased risk of endometrial cancer
The reasons behind this increased risk may be because people tend to consume unhealthy snacks and drinks while watching sitting at the computer, watching TV or even eating in the car.
The researchers noted that "…high blood sugar and high insulin is a clear…pathway to colon cancer.”
Science has also confirmed that being obese is an extraordinarily strong cause for endometrial cancer.
So it is likely that the sitting, weight gain and obesity really go together and intensify the risk of endometrial cancer.
For those whose jobs require them to sit at a desk most of the day, break up the time spent sitting by incorporating short sessions of light activity into your daily routine.
This won’t be easy…you may even have to set an alert. It may seem silly, but you literally need to remind yourself to get up.
Setting your phone alarm or using an reminder app is a simple way to encourage more movement throughout the day. You won’t be able to ignore that loud ping on your smartphone or computer when the time comes.
Even the researchers in this study used this strategy to stand up for 10 minutes every hour.
Remember to move…your life may actually depend on it!