There is an epidemic that is affecting Americans worldwide. This time it is not smoking or drinking that will send you to the grave sooner. For years, Americans have lived with this disease without a clue of its deadly side effects. This 21th century development is called sitting disease. It can cause premature death, increase risk of heart disease, intensify development of cancer and increase risk of type 2 diabetes.
“Did you know that sitting for 6 or more hours daily can elevate your chances of dying from cancer and other major diseases – even if you maintain a healthy weight and don’t smoke?”, said the American Cancer Society. The ACS also said, “outside the work environment, men who spent five hours or more sitting were 34 percent more likely to develop heart failure than men who spent no more than two hours a day sitting, despite how much they exercised.”
Some jobs require sitting for extended periods so the option would be to get up every hour to break the pattern of sitting. Companies like Apple have devices to encourage people to get up and walk throughout the day. The device has an app programed to beep to remind the user to walk. Apple’s watch website said, “Fitness isn’t just about running, biking, or hitting the gym. It’s about being active throughout the day.”
For those that sitting is not optional the key is to maximize activity after regular work hours. Some people dread working out because it is not fun, or they lack accountability. The goal is to find an activity that will get the heart rate up, burn calories and activate the core. There are many sports or hobbies that can provide these health perks but dancing can be one of the best. Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, MD said, “Most people don’t need a gym to lose weight. They can dance the weight away.”
Dance promotes healthy lifestyle benefits that will compensate for the constant sitting. Health.hardvard.edu website said, “Properly building up your core cranks up the power. A strong core also enhances balance and stability.” The muscles of the core are the primary players in Ballroom Dancing. Students can burn between 200-500 calories per hour and enjoy themselves doing it. Make up for the time sitting during the day. Whether you choose Swing, Waltz or Tango, take a break from sitting and dance!