Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Do you sit in an office chair or on your couch for more than six hours a day? Then here are some disturbing facts: Your risk of heart disease has increased by up to 64 percent. You’re shaving off seven years of quality life. You’re also more at risk for certain types of cancer. Simply put, sitting is killing you. That’s the bad news. The good news: It’s easy to counteract no matter how lazy you are.
While not an equal substitute for exercise, some doctors recommend getting up once an hour from your desk, even if it’s just to walk around briefly or go to the bathroom. We have to take every opportunity to get up during the day.
Simply put, our bodies weren’t made to sit all day. Sitting for long periods of time, even with exercise, has a negative effect on our health. The more time you spend sitting, the less physical activity you’re likely to get. Yet inactivity isn’t the only issue. The act of sitting in itself also seems to be harmful.
Both the presence of sitting and the absence of exercise may be hazardous to your cardiovascular and metabolic health. Like the rest of your body, your brain depends on good blood flow and glucose metabolism to work properly. A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk for glitches in brain functioning.
Some of the psychological effects of sitting may also be rooted in what people tend to do while in their chairs. They may stare at an electronic screen rather than connecting emotionally with others.
Summing-up: If you have a desk job, look for opportunities to add more activity breaks to your day. When you’re not working, reconsider how you spend your free time. It’s still important to stop off at the gym or go for your daily run.