Too much sitting can kill you

Americans sit an average of 56 hours a week, and a recent study in Women’s Health magazine reveals the “sitting disease is literally killing us.” Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic says technology is to blame, noting that “electronic living has all but sapped ever flicker of activity from our daily lives.” And it seems women are less likely to move around than men, who often play sports and have more active jobs. But the Mayo Clinic says there’s a “NEAT” no workout solution – Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. This means doing simple chores like folding laundry, tapping your toes or just standing up burns more calories than sitting. For instance, standing burs 115 calories per hour compared to 83 for sitting, shopping at the mall eats 147 against 96 for buying online.