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Move More. Sit Less. – Dr. Stefan Zavalin (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Dr. Stefan Zavalin’s talk titled “Move More. Sit Less.” at TEDxGrandviewHeights 2022 conference.

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The Silent Killer: Sitting

Something you’re doing is destroying your health and happiness. You do it many times a day. You’re probably doing it right now. Sitting.

Sitting is killing you slowly but surely. When you move more and sit less, you will live a longer, happier and healthier life. Let’s look at sitting in our typical work day. Half an hour sitting at breakfast, half an hour sitting on our commute to work, seven hours sitting at our desk according to the Labor Bureau, half an hour sitting at lunch and yet another half an hour sitting as we commute back home.

That’s nine hours so far. At home we spend one hour sitting for dinner, we finish the evening sitting for three hours as we watch TV, play games and scroll social media. That’s 13 hours in just one work day. This number is likely even higher for those working from home.

The Dangers of Prolonged Sitting

During those 13 hours, we are squishing our organs together. How can we expect our heart, our lungs and our digestive system to work well when we squish them together? Within 30 minutes of sitting, we have less blood flowing to our brain and our ability to break down fat drops by as much as 90%. Australian researchers found that sitting more than six hours a day increases our likelihood of anxiety and depression.

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