Sitting disease: How a sedentary lifestyle affects your health

Image caption: If you find yourself seated for much of the day, you’re not alone. Thanks to the convenience of technology and our modern lifestyles, people in the U.S. are more inactive than ever. 

See if you can do the math without cheating. How many hours a day do you spend sitting? Eight? 12?

Start with the length of time you're at work. Add in your drive time to and from. Sitting down for meals. Checking your computer from home. Watching TV or sporting events.

Did you know that a sedentary lifestyle has been associated with heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer—and risk of dying?

Learn more about the dangers of sitting—and what you can do to alleviate them—on Johns Hopkins Medicine's Healthy Heart portal.

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