Medical Minute: The perils of sitting too much

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MINOT, N.D. - We all fall victim to it, whether it is at the office, on the road, or at home we are constantly sitting.

Believe it or not sitting all day does more harm than good to our bodies. The Mayo Clinic says too much sitting also seems to increases the risk of cancer and cardio vascular disease. In this week's medical minute, we have some tips to get you out of your seat and moving.

Like many of us, John Warner does a mix of sitting and standing in his profession.

"I probably do five to ten thousand words a week of writing at a typewriter," said John Warner, Trinity patient and pastor.

Though his work calls for a lot of sitting he knows balance is needed.

"Your breathing starts being affected, your posture obviously becomes effected I think even things like knees and ankles start becoming affected," said Warner,.

But, he is not alone.

"Roughly sit, probably about four," said Liana Dossett, Banker.

"I'm probably at five hours a day," said Laura Benson, flight attendant.

A recent survey found that nearly 70 percent of full time US workers hate sitting, yet 86 percent do it all day, every day.

"I think we've gotten to the point in life where we want everything so simple and so easy," said Tanya Gillen, Trinity exercise physiologist.

And sometimes sending an email to a coworker in the other room is easier.

But it actually can be pretty terrible for your body.

"It can really cause a lot of health problems. Definitely posture issues, even diabetes because of the inactivity," says Tanya Gillen, Trinity Exercise Physiologist.

And I know finding the balance is not easy.

"A lot of us are working on computers a lot of the time even if we're doing other things," said Tonia Vitco, full-time student.

"We're all under pressure in our jobs to get things done," said Dr. Jill Klemin.

But hey, it could happen to the best of us. Trinity says there are few easy things you can try around the office by simply getting up and saying hi to a coworker, grabbing needed supplies, or even getting a cup of water. Anything to get you out of your seat for a little while.

So whether you are like Warner, standing and sitting all day, or you are sitting at home, the office, and on the road, finding the right balance could keep your health in check.