If you sit for a long time each day, your health may be at as much risk as if you smoke.
CBS.com San Francisco recently reported that new studies reveal smoking and a sedentary lifestyle are almost equivalent when it comes to cardiovascular health. Dr. David Coven, a cardiologist at New York's St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, told CBS.com, "Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor and sitting can be equivalent in many cases. The fact of being sedentary causes factors to happen in the body that are very detrimental."
Dr. Coven says when you sit for long periods of time; your body goes into storage mode, meaning your organs don't work as efficiently as they do when you're up and moving. Getting your blood circulating makes your body healthier. The more you sit, studies indicate, the more likely it is that you will develop diabetes, heart disease, or cancer; you may also be at risk for weight gain leading to obesity; and you may even be at risk for earlier death.
The remedy? Get up and move. “Any time you get the blood pumping, the blood moving, it stimulates the organs to do things that are healthier,” says Dr. Coven.