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The rumors are true; sitting all day is quite dangerous for you and detrimental to your health. The dangers of sitting extensively extend to your fitness goals as well. If you’re on a weight loss program, or just trying to get rid of those last few pounds, sitting all day is just not helpful. And, if you’re a health nut, then you’ll want to pay attention and learn how to circumvent the possible damage you may incur from too much sitting.

Why Sitting is Unhealthy

The first problem, and maybe the most obvious, is when you’re sitting all day, you are not moving your body much, and certainly not burning many calories. When you’re not burning calories, your body goes into slow motion, including slowing down your metabolism. Of course, this means you can’t eat as much as a person who is not “sedentary.”

It’s important to revisit your caloric needs if you are just switching from a more active day to a sedentary one. If you don’t monitor and adjust your caloric intake, you’ll soon find yourself unwittingly packing on the pounds.

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Unfortunately, the drawbacks of sitting too long don’t end at weight gain. It also makes you more susceptible to health issues and diseases like diabetes, heart disease, too much insulin production (which causes a host of problems by itself), disk damage, circulation problems, inflexibility and more.

Take Charge

So, now that you are aware of the issues with prolonged sitting, what can you do to get healthier? Lift weights to keep your body strong. It’s important to strengthen your abdominal and back muscles, since your body was not designed to sit for extended periods of time. Sitting without strengthening on a regular basis can weaken your muscles.

Make sure you schedule plenty of stretching breaks. Get up, walk around, and stretch out at least once every hour. The seated position can shorten the length of certain muscles like your hamstrings, so it’s important to counteract the tendency by stretching out frequently.

Equally important is your posture while sitting. Make sure you sit up straight, generally with your feet flat on the floor and your elbows at a 90 degree angle. Some folks even invest in a balance ball and replace their office chairs with the stability ball. This is a great idea if it works for you in your environment as you will need to use stabilizer muscles to stay seated.

Kitchen Smarts

So, if you are a person who is stuck sitting for long periods of time, you will want to take control in the kitchen too. Try to refrain from snacking at your desk if at all possible. Again, make sure you adjust your calorie levels to meet your metabolic needs. It’s smart to eat foods that will satiate you, yet won’t overload you with high calories. Try some refreshing, low calorie, highly-satisfying dishes to get you through your long periods of sitting.

Try this refreshing low calorie dish:

Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap

4-5 oz. cooked shredded chicken breast
1/4 sliced green onion
1/8 t crushed red pepper
1/3 cup spicy peanut sauce
1-4 cup crushed salted peanuts
4 oz. water chestnuts
3 large lettuce leaves

Mix all ingredients in small frying pan except lettuce leaves. Use medium heat and cook until warmed through. Scoop mixture onto lettuce leaves and use leaves to form a wrap (like a tortilla shell) and eat.

To learn more about a getting started with your own healthy weight loss program, be sure to visit Viance Nutrition. Learn much more about fitness, fat loss and nutrition at Viance.com.

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