Exercise saved her, she believes.
You've heard this news: We have become a sedentary nation, and it's killing us.
– Sitting more than three hours a day can shorten your life by two years, even if you're otherwise active.
– Americans sit an average of 7.7 hours a day.
– Watching TV more than two hours a day can cut 1.4 years off your life. We average four hours of TV a day.
– North Americans lead the world in not exercising. Numbers vary, from 48 to 66 percent of Americans not meeting the minimum requirement of 20 minutes of moderate exercise a day.
– Inactivity accounts for 18 percent of preventable deaths, almost the same rate as smoking.
– In the 1960s, close to half of all jobs required physical activity. Today, less than 20 percent do.
In short, your chair can be deadly.
"I chose to live," she says.