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MAR 2015

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The latest studies prove it: The more you sit, the less you're ft. As a nail tech who sits most of the day, you might have come to see your job as a ftness foe. NAILS looks at the research on sitting and suggests ways you can get out of the chair to stand up for your health. BY TRACY RUBERT Maybe you've heard the latest health- related buzz-phrase: Sitting is the new smoking. Maybe you've dismissed it as hyperbole or the latest in a seemingly continuous inventory of national health scares. But the man credited with the phrase, Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University, is adamant that sitting is killing us. "Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting," said Levine in a recent Los Angeles Times interview. "We are sitting ourselves to death." We all know we shouldn't smoke, eat too much saturated fat, or drink to excess, but why is something as seemingly innocuous as sitting so gravely dangerous for our health? And what can we possibly do about it — especially when our jobs depend on it? WHY SITTING ISN'T PRETTY In a number of recent studies, prolonged sitting was found to be the culprit in risks for cancer, heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, muscular problems, depression, and overall mortality rate. And don't think that logging an hour at the gym or running before or after work will offset the perils of prolonged sitting. A recent Time article reported fndings of 43 studies that analyzed activity and cancer rates among people who reported daily prolonged sitting. Regardless of how much they exercised, these individuals had a 24% greater risk of developing colon cancer, a 32% higher risk of endometrial cancer, and a 21% higher risk of lung cancer. Stay Fit While You Sit 160 | NAILS MAGAZINE | MARCH 2015 ILLISTRATION BY YUIKO SUGINO CHAIR SCARE If you sit all day at your job, you have double the chance of cardiovascular disease than you would if you stood. Other adverse efects of sitting are immediate and worsen over the course of 24 hours.

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