We all experience a few aches and pains as we get older, but what about full-blown disability? Women in particular face a greater risk of osteoporosis than men, particularly if they don't get as much calcium and vitamin D as they should, but researchers have unearthed another risk factor linked to mobility issues: Sitting.
While no one has ever thought that sitting for eight straight hours a day was necessarily a good thing, it's only in the last few years that we've begun to understand the damage. Recently, scientists from Northwestern University released a troubling report about the risks of sedentary life for men and women in their 60s. Professor Dorothy Dunlop and her colleagues found that the amount of time spent sitting could dramatically increase the possibility of disability later on, regardless of how often an individual engaged in moderate exercise.
"If there are two 65-year-old women, one sedentary for 12 hours a day and another sedentary for 13 hours a day, the second one is 50 percent more likely to be disabled," a university press release states.
The most eye-opening aspect of the study, according to Dunlop, is that it establishes sitting as a risk factor that is distinct from a mere lack of physical activity. This discovery reveals that cutting down on the amount of time you spend in front of a TV or computer could be just as important as a regular jog or gym session.
Do you spend a lot of time sitting down for work or the odd Netflix binge? If so, there is no time like the present to shake things up. Whether you turn to standing desk, walk-and-talk meetings or hitting the treadmill as you watch your favorite shows, find ways to get active and enhance your long-term health. Heck, this may even be a great excuse to engage in more sexual intimacy with your partner!