Have you heard? A sit-around, I-never-exercise lifestyle is being compared to smoking as far as health risks. What are the risks of a sedentary life?


According to Dr. James Levine (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sitting/faq-20058005) sitting for extended periods increases your risk for obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and some cancers. The Center for Disease Control reports that chronic diseases are now the number one threat to our health, much higher than infectious diseases.


In addition to parking in front of the TV or computer for hours during free time, many people sit for long stretches at work. Dr. Levine suggests breaking up this sitting by trying to stand when possible. Stand up while on a phone call. Go for a walk with a co-worker during breaks. If possible, put your computer on a counter or other high surface so you can stand while working. If you drive for a living, or travel for your job, take every opportunity to stretch and walk.


If you employ others, encourage them to be less sedentary. UtiliFIT can assist in finding solutions with behavioral engagement tools. See www.sittingissmoking.com. A healthy workforce is financially advantageous for any business.