Sitting Less Can Add Years to Your Life

I recently read a study that demonstrates that sitting less can add years to your life. According to the study at the Washington University School of Medicine, working out is not enough. People who worked out regularly but who spent more hours on the couch watching TV, for instance, showed higher rates of cancer than those who didn’t sit as much.

I’m very physically active and I work out almost daily. Many days I walk more than 15,000 steps. But, I also spend hour after hour each weekday sitting with clients or at this computer. I’ve instinctively known that I need to stand up and move throughout the day, but I hadn’t considered minimizing cancer as one of my motivations.

Sitting Less Can Add Years to Your Life

It’s not enough to just be active—it’s also important to sit less.

Get up and move

For many years I have made it a point to get up and move at the end of each session. In Seattle, I leave my office and walk the hallway. On Bainbridge, I may step outside and take a deep breath. This is a time for me to stretch, breathe and use self-hypnosis to prepare for my next client.

When you think about it, your body was never created to sit as much as most people sit today. My grandparents chopped wood, carried water, walked behind the plow, fed the livestock and stood over the washboard to wash clothes. In the summer they worked the garden and in the winter they shoveled snow. They did not spend hours stuck in traffic, sitting at the computer or in their recliner watching the tube.

Sitting Can Increase Your Risk of Cancer By Up to 66%

Time Health, June 16, 2014: “Sedentary behavior was associated with a 24% greater risk of developing colon cancer, a 32% higher risk of endometrial cancer, and a 21% increased risk of lung cancer. When the researchers delved deeper into different types of sedentary habits, they found that watching TV was linked to a 54% higher risk of colon cancer and a 66% greater risk of endometrial cancer. For every additional two hours that participants spent sitting during the day, their risk of colon cancer rose by 8%, and their risk of endometrial cancer went up by 10%. They didn’t find a link between sedentary behavior and other types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.”

Ask your doctor

In 2012, I wrote a post, Ask your doctor if exercise is right for you. This post was stimulated by a client who gave me a t-shirt that reads, “Ask your doctor if getting off your ass is right for you.” It’s one of my favorite t-shirts! In fact, I just wore it Tuesday at the gym.

If you are someone who just doesn’t move and who doesn’t even want to move, hypnosis for exercise motivation can benefit you. Are you ready to get off the couch? If so, call or email me and let’s get you scheduled for your first hypnosis session.

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I get up and move to revitalize my body.

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