Did the recent news about how too much sitting can shorten your life get you squirming in your chair?
In case you missed it, experts report that prolonged daily sitting is its own health risk factor, meaning it’s bad for you even if you get a daily workout . Bummer. Research showed that people who sat for more than six hours a day were nearly 20 percent more likely to die during the 14-year-study than people who sat for less than three hours daily.
One major reason was blood sugar. It turns out that sitting for a long time makes your body bad at drawing glucose out of your blood stream and into your muscle cells, where it can be burned.
If you are like me, and don’t want to quit your job, here’s one thing you can do:
Put less glucose into your bloodstream in the first place.
Reduce your intake of starches and avoid processed carbohydrates. Even wheat bread. Even cereal. Even “healthy” crackers. This will lower your blood sugar, sitting or not. You can make up the calories with proteins or healthy fats, which don’t raise blood sugar.
OR you can get up and dance at your desk periodically. Your boss might not like it, but I’d sure support you!
Have a good week,