As if quality control, choice of ingredients and recipe, and cost savings weren’t enough, Men’s Health editors have given us yet another reason ’tis better to cook your own. The article, “The Most Dangerous Thing You’ll Do All Day,” reveals “that people who sit for most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks,” than those who don’t.
It turns out this information is old news, having been confirmed by study after study beginning in 1953. The question of whether to sit or not to sit is relevant whether you smoke or don’t and regardless of whether or how much you exercise. Peter Katzmarzyk, the lead researcher on a recent study conducted by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said, “Sitting is an independent risk factor,” although no researcher has yet to figure out why.
Not only will you improve your heart health with standing more, you will also help relieve your lower back pain, trim your waistline, and strengthen your abs. And it’s something you can do just about anywhere.
That being said, how can you cram more standing into your already jam-packed schedule? One way is cooking your own meals or those of your family. And for goodness sake, get that stool out of your kitchen and make cooking a group activity in order to get your young ‘uns off their buns as well!