Time to Get Off Your Butt!

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Sitting has become a tad bit too prevalent among Americans, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers have found that the average daily sitting time has increased by about an hour to approximately eight hours for teens and six-and-a-half hours for adults.

As recently as 2016, it was found that everyone aged five and older spent an average of at least an hour a day on their computer leisurely, and the group that saw the most significant increase was retirement-aged adults. In 2003-2004, 15% of them spent this much amount of time on the computer, but that number jumped to over half in 2015-2016.

Additionally, most Americans spend at least two hours each day, on average, watching videos or tv shows- 60% of kids aged 5-11 and 84% of seniors.

The researchers examined almost 52,000 government health surveys of people starting at age five, from 2001-2016. And sitting time for teens and adults was measured beginning in 2007.

“Everything we found is concerning,” said lead author Yin Cao, a researcher at Washington University’s medical school in St. Louis. “The overall message is prolonged sitting is highly prevalent.” And this is despite numerous warnings of why we shouldn’t be sedentary.

Extended periods have links to increased risks for “obesity, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.”

US guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes to 300 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each week, and kids aged from six through 17 need at least an hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a day. However, only about one in four US adults and one in five teens meet the recommended amounts.

Instant benefits for this level of exercise include lowered blood pressure and anxiety, along with better sleep. And long-term benefits include improved brain health and lower risks for falls.

However, according to Peter T. Katzmarzyk of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, you need to do more than the recommended minimum of physical activity to offset previous habits of being sedentary.

“We’ve just got to really work on the population to get the message out there. Physical activity is good for everyone,” he said.

But factoring in work or school, it could be challenging to meet the standards. And for those who have school and work, it could be near impossible. Regardless, looks like we all have some exercising to do. You can read more about this story on the New York Post.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

What do you think is to blame?

69% Computer
31% TV
66% Computer
34% TV
78% Computer
22% TV



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