It’s officially summer and the outdoors are calling.  But if you are like a large part of society, you are stuck at a desk.  So here are some reasons to keep in mind the need to MOVE!

Sitting is linked to early death

Observational data from over 1 million people shows that the more sedentary you are, the more likely you are to die early.  In fact, the most sedentary people had a 22–49% greater risk of early death.  However, even though the majority of evidence supports this finding, one study found no link between sitting time and overall mortality.  Although this study had may have some flaws, its an important reminder how MOVEMENT affects your body. 

to sum it up…

Evidence suggests that sedentary behavior is correlated to a much greater risk of premature death.  So find a reason to MOVE.  *Go for a brief walk outside, or down the hall, take the stairs!

Sedentary behavior is linked to disease

Sedentary (inactive) behavior is consistently linked to more than 30 chronic diseases and conditions, including a 112% increase in your risk of type 2 diabetes and a 147% increase in heart disease risk .
Studies have shown that walking fewer than 1,500 steps per day, or sitting for long periods without reducing calorie intake, can cause a major increase in insulin resistance, which is a key driver of type 2 diabetes (9Trusted Source, 10).  Researchers believe that being sedentary may have a direct effect on insulin resistance. This effect can happen in as little as one day.

so basically…

Long-term sedentary behavior increases your risk of health conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Inactivity is believed to play a direct role in the development of insulin resistance.  Another reason to MOVE your body.  It doesn’t mean you have to work up a sweat, just try to be active.  Don’t sit in front of the TV all day, or at the computer.  Take breaks and be active.   

NOTE! Exercise doesn’t completely eliminate your risk

While regular exercise is always recommended, it doesn’t completely offset all the health risks of sitting too much.  Being physically active is incredibly beneficial, but exercise alone does not completely offset the negative effects of sitting.  You should always refer to your general care doctor who may notice other underlying conditions that need attention.


Studies show that people in Western societies spend too much time sitting.  While relaxing can be beneficial, you should try to minimize the time you spend sitting during the workday.  If you have a desk job, one solution is to get a standing desk or go for a few short walks during your workday.  Minimizing sedentary time is just as important for health as a nutritious diet and regular exercise.

Movement is essential for human beings.  Your body needs movement, and it doesn’t take that much effort to get up and take a walk every now and then.  Stretch, bend your knees, touch your toes.  It’s a simple action, that can lead to a big reward: GOOD HEALTH!

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