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Dangers of prolonged sitting

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Whether it's in the car, on the couch, or at the office ... experts say sitting all day can take a toll on your health.

According to various online statistics, the average American spends up to 10 hours a day planted in a chair. That's 10 hours a day -- sitting down -- getting almost no activity at all.

"The studies show a lot of correlation between sitting down and obesity and things," said Nueces County Medical Society President Dr. Justin Hensley.

Dr. Hensley says from a medical standpoint, getting up from that office chair is important for your physical and mental well-being.

"It certainly prevents you from developing blood clots in your legs," he said. "It can lead to other benefits as well, and it allows you to interact with more people."

According to studies by the CDC, American Cancer Society, and other published studies, sitting for hours at a time has been shown to raise a person's risk for health problems -- even for those who regularly exercise.

Possible health risks include:

*high blood pressure & heart disease

*diabetes

*obesity

*certain kinds of cancer

Wendy Sauer has worked in an office for more than 15 years. She says most of her day is spent sitting at a desk. She admits, with the exception of the occasional coffee break, she almost never leaves her desk.

"I know that sitting, sometimes I get up and my joints are a little stiff from sitting so long," said Sauer.

Some motivated office workers have opted for treadmill desks or replaced chairs with balance balls. If those aren't an option in your office, don't give in too easily. Experts say working-in a short 1 to 2 minute walk every hour can provide long-lasting health benefits.

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