Recent research reveals that in order to increase the lifespan, people should avoid sitting for too long in one place. Sadly, modern times evolve around computers, so it is inevitable for people to sit in one place at work all day long.
Sedentery lifestyle damages physical capacity, overall health and it makes our bodies go into storage mode when the electrical activity of your muscles slows down.
10 Reasons Why Sitting Kills
- The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study which showed that women who sat 6 or more hours a day were 40% higher at risk to die over a 13-year-period than those who sat less than three hours. On the other hand, when it comes to men, sitting for more than 6 hours a day were 18% higher at risk of death.
- Chronic diseases usually occur due to sedentery lifestyle. A study conducted in Australia revealed that sitting for many hours per day can lead to developing chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.
- Sitting for a long period of time can also increase the risk of thrombosis. Prolonged sitting is associated with formation of blood clots that obstructs blood flow.
- Sedentery lifestyle is also very bad for your mind, because inactivity effects your mood and can lead to depression. For instance, one study conducted on women discovered that those women who are physically inactive throughout the whole day are at 99% higher risk for developing depressive symptoms than those who exercised.
- Sitting is also associated to cancers. According to Christine Friedenreich, an epidemiologist at Alberta Health Services-Cancer Care in Canada, physical inactivity is connected to as many as 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer a year in the United States.
- Sitting and weight gain. For instance, when you sit for too many hours, you put pressure on certain body parts like your bottom, and as a result, it produces up to 50% more fat than usual.
- Sitting is associated with cardiovascular problems. Some researchers found out that people who sit for the majority of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of a heart attack.
- Sedentery lifestyle is also linked with diabetes. Sitting for many hours throughout the day has devastating effects on insulin resistance and inflammation which as a result leads to developing diabetes.
- Sitting is connected with obesity and metabolic syndrome as well. Sitting increases plasma triglycerides (fatty molecules), LDL cholesterol , and insulin resistance. To be more clear, the muscles can’t absorb fat, so your blood sugar levels go up. This leads to obesity.
- Sedentery lifestyle causes many problems associated with your back. For instance, when we sit for a long period of time, our lower back takes on the weight of the top half of the body, thus putting an unnecessary pressure on it. As you know, our backs are actively working even when we are still, which means that this uneven distribution of weight will create long term problems.
Luckily, there is a way in which you can avoid all of the abovementioned health risks. According to a recent research, breaking up three hours of sitting with three slow, five-minute walks undoes the damage that sitting causes to the leg arteries.
Moreover, you should also try to incorporate everyday body movements like household chores. You should also stand up at least twice every hour and walk around or do squat jumps. Dr. Vernikos claims that squatting is actually an extension of standing. Squatting and standing will help you work against the force of gravity.