Infographic: How Sitting Down Harms Our Health

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By now, you've likely heard that sitting is the new smoking. Between desk jobs, public transportation, and Netflix-fueled couch sessions, we live pretty sedentary lifestyles. Unfortunately, researchers are now finding that these habits are tied to a slew of harmful side effects, including an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, obesity, and other conditions.This infographic by explains how the simple act of sitting all day shaves years off our lives. 

How can we undo the negative health effects that stem from warming our chairs day after day? Some people prefer standing desks to their seated counterparts. But if you don't like being on your feet all day, Time reports that spending an additional two hours standing or moving around each day is linked to a lower body mass index (BMI) and decreased blood sugar, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels.