Is This Worse For Your Health Than Smoking?


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Smoking is considered one of the worst things you can do for your health. But there's one activity that's just as deadly... and you're doing it right now...

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Is This Worse For Your Health Than Smoking?

  1. 1. Is This Worse for YourHealth Than Smoking?
  2. 2. Youre a health-consciousindividual. You do your best to eat right, exercise, and avoid harmful activities.
  3. 3. Naturally, this includes smoking. In fact, you wouldnt think of poisoningyour body with such disease causing chemicals.
  4. 4. Which is why you might besurprised to learn that – even if youve never had a puff –
  5. 5. - one of your daily habitscould be as bad for you as a pack of cigarettes.
  6. 6. Do I have your attention?Good, because the next few paragraphs could save your life – literally.
  7. 7. You see, there is one thing that all of us do (whether were forced to or just because were used to it) thats killing us, and fast.
  8. 8. We do this throughout the day – every day – and for several hours.
  9. 9. Still dont know whatIm talking about? Let me give you a hint.
  10. 10. You most likely do this the entire time youre at work. Then, you come home to continue thisactivity at the dinner table.
  11. 11. And then, you take it over tothe couch in front of the TV.
  12. 12. Im talking about sitting – the seemingly harmlessactivity thats actually deadly.
  13. 13. As it turns out, when youre parked on your behind for hours at atime, your metabolismessentially shuts down.
  14. 14. Not only are you burning fewer calories because of not moving, youre alsoincreasing your blood levels of triglycerides, cholesterol, and sugar.
  15. 15. The end result? Much higher chances of heartdisease, cancer, and every other horrible ailment that comes to mind.
  16. 16. Now, most people believethat you can actually counterthe deadly effects of sitting…
  17. 17. …by hitting the gym, going for a morning run, or an evening walk. But thats just not the case.
  18. 18. One or two hours ofexercise will not offset the 22+ hours of sitting.
  19. 19. With that said, some level ofactivity is better than none.
  20. 20. In fact, studies show thatpeople who exercise on a regular basis live longer than those that don’t…
  21. 21. …(despite the fact that they sit for most of the day).Nevertheless, its not enough.
  22. 22. And if you want to reach yourgolden years with your health intact, pay close attention to the following suggestions.
  23. 23. #1. Move as often as possible.
  24. 24. This can be tough if you have a desk job (I know this first- hand) but not impossible.
  25. 25. The secret is to break up your day into small tasksof about 30-45 minutes andtake tiny breaks in between.
  26. 26. Get them done then take 5 minutes to walk aroundthe office. Or, go grab a cup of water from the cooler.
  27. 27. It doesnt matter what you do as long as youre moving.
  28. 28. #2. Keep yourself accountable.
  29. 29. The only way toaccomplish the aboveis to form a new habit.
  30. 30. And it wont be easy –especially not at first. Assuch, youll have to keep yourself accountable.
  31. 31. The best way I know how todo this is with a small kitchen timer and a pedometer.
  32. 32. If you take the time to plan your day and split it into a number of tasks as mentioned above, theformer isnt always needed.
  33. 33. The latter, however, isindispensable. A pedometer will let you know how many steps youve taken throughout the day.
  34. 34. If that number is minuscule, youre obviously not doing your part.
  35. 35. Either way, youll have something to remind you ofyour commitment (or lack of) at the end of the day.
  36. 36. Based on that you cantake appropriate action until movement becomes an ingrained habit – second nature if you will.
  37. 37. In closing, while sitting forprolonged periods of time is turning out to be as dangerous as smoking, you dont have to suffer from its negative effects.
  38. 38. All you need to do is move a bit. This will be a tadchallenging at first as youmodify your daily routine.
  39. 39. But after a few weeks it will become a habit. Andwith that, youll drastically decrease your risk ofdisease and early death…
  40. 40. …not to mention, drop a few pounds in the process. A win-win overall.
  41. 41.