Stand Up! Sitting Down Can Make You Fat
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How Does Sitting Promote Weight Gain?
How Can Standing Help with Weight Loss?
Standing up engages muscles and promotes the distribution of lipase. This prompts the body to process fat and cholesterol, regardless of the amount of time you exercise.
Standing up uses blood glucose and might also discourage the development of diabetes. Standing up also improves your HDL (or ‘good’) cholesterol levels.
How Can You Stand Up More?
Stand up whenever you can
How Can Sitting Affect Other Aspects of Your Health?Research suggests that too much sitting can cause metabolic syndrome or ‘syndrome X’. This is a collection of conditions including excess fat around the abdomen, high blood pressure, high "bad" cholesterol levels, low "good" cholesterol levels, high blood fats and abnormal blood sugar metabolism.
Many studies show that the rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity are doubled or tripled in people who sit a lot.
So stand up often and move around more to help prevent developing a range of diseases and help shed those unwanted kilos.
This article was compiled in consultation with CalorieKing.com.au experts and in reference to the following sources:Science Daily, 'Stand Up for Your Health - Physiologists and Microbiologists Find Link Between Sitting and Poor Health', http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2008/0610-stand_up_for_your_health.htm
Last updated: October 31st, 2008
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