Staying sedentary adds to risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression and cancer

April 8, 2019 GMT

The Bears backup quarterback, Chase Daniel, will earn around $7 million over the next two years — not bad for a veteran who (up until last Thanksgiving weekend) had started in just two games and attempted just 78 passes in nine seasons as a pro.

But over the holiday, he came off the bench and completed 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions. Clearly he hasn’t been sitting around while he wasn’t on the field — he keeps in shape so that he can step in at a moment’s notice.

In contrast, for many of you, time spent when you’re not actively exercising is downtime — sitting down time, that is. Even the 33 percent of you who get in one of the minimum activity recommendations (that’s 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes vigorous activity plus two strength-building sessions weekly) often are sedentary and at increased risk for everything from heart disease to diabetes, depression and cancer.


A study published in JAMA found that 25 percent of adults sit for eight or more hours daily, while research from says that 86 percent of jobs often require sitting for more than eight hours daily! Clearly, it’s time to get off the bench (or desk chair) for more game time!

Set an alarm to remind you to stand up every 20 minutes; then, take a couple flights of stairs or jump up and down in place 30 times! It’s how to stay healthy, think clearly and increase productivity!

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer and chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit