sedentary

“Sitting is the New Smoking”

“Sitting is the New Smoking”

This past year I’ve noticed “sitting is the new smoking of our generation” is a popular topic trending in the media. As we all have heard, sedentary behavior, such as sitting for extended periods of time is negatively detrimental to both physical and mental health. Sedentary behavior increases the risks of all-cause mortality, metabolic syndrome, cardio-metabolic biomarkers, triglycerides, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and cancer. In addition, it is also negatively associated with mental health and psychosocial well-being (Owen, et al., 2010; Steinberg, et al., 2014). Despite the widely acknowledged health detriments associated with sedentary behavior, many of us, including myself, are still guilty of sitting most of our day!