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Research Finds Sitting on your Butt Hurts Your Boobs

We wrote about the dangers of sitting not too long ago, but we stumbled across this piece from Cancer Fighters Thrive, and had to share with our readers.

The article details the findings of a research study that determined the direct correlation and increased risk for breast cancer that occurs when people sit for prolonged periods of time.

“According to research presented at a conference of the American Institute for Cancer Research, too much sitting and lack of physical activity lead to 49,000 cases of breast cancer a year. Separate research found that people who sat for 11 hours a day or more were 40 percent more likely to die from any cause.”

The study also finds that sitting has a huge impact on  several hormonal processes and responses in the body, which greatly affects our risk for cancer. For example, “fat deposits are the main source of estrogen after menopause, and estrogen promotes the growth of certain cancers.”

So how do we incorporate movement in to our sedentary lives (for the record, we’re not calling you lazy, our society has built itself around being sedentary)?

Take a look at some of our ideas for mixing in movement throughout your day in our post, Putting a Stop to Prolonged Sitting, as well as some of the tips from the article on Cancer Fighters Thrive.

What are some of the ways you plan to keep moving throughout the day?

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Elle Michels

Elle Michels

Based in Washington, D.C., Elle Michels is a contributing writer to Womenshealth.com.

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