Prolonged sitting for too long is not good for our health. Today’s modern society has been engineered for sitting; hence, people spend more time off their feet than ever before.
More than half of the average people spend their time in watching television, working on a computer and laptop, travelling or doing many other activities for which one is seated.
Health risks at a glance
The longer you sit, the fatter you get
Sitting is linked to early death
Sitting limits the amount of calories we burn
Exercise doesn’t completely eliminate the risk
Sedentary behavior is linked to disease
Health risks of sitting too much?
Prolonged sittings or lying for too long may contribute to osteoporosis, obesity, muscle fatigue, muscle degeneration, weak bones, strained neck, foggy brain, shoulders and back sores.
1. Risk of Blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol
Prolonged Sitting can also lead to metabolic disorder, which includes conditions like high blood sugar, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels and unnecessary body fat around the waist.
2. Risk of certain Cancers
Some researches says, immobility and inactivity such as sitting at a desk for long period of time has been related not only to obesity and cardiovascular but also to increased risk of some specific cancers.
3. It affects blood circulation and veins
When we spend most of our time sitting, our body burns less fat and blood circulates inadequately. Slow or uneven blood circulation in the legs and upper body can cause various problems like edema, varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and swollen ankles.
4. Affects eyes and vision too
Moreover, looking at a computer, laptop, television, mobile device and books prolong, can lead to stressed eyes and poor vision.
Prolonged Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise
A study found that adults who sat for 10 to 11 hours or more a day had a 35% to 40% increased risk of dying in the next 3 years than those who sat for less than 4 hours a day. Too much sitting may increase your chances of getting a diseases or a condition that may kill you too early, even if you exercise.
Daily exercise, meditations are still essential, but it is also significant to avoid prolonged sitting.
It is difficult to totally reverse the damages caused by prolonged sitting, but you can take some crucial steps to prevent further damages and improve your health.
How to undo the damage of sitting all day
Here are some recommendations and ways to help undo the damage of sitting all day.
1. Stretch Your Body and neck muscles. (watch videos below)
2. Take Frequent Walking Breaks
3. Take the stairs and walk up escalators
4. Correct Your Sitting Posture
5. Alternate working while seated with standing
6. Use a Lumbar Support Pillow
7. Take a small walk break every time you take a tea break
8. Stand or walk around while on the phone
9. Stand on the bus and train
10. Set a reminder to get up every 30-40 minutes
Watch videos to undo the damage of sitting all day