11 Health Dangers of Sitting Too Long & How It’s Slowly Crippling Your Body

We are living in a digital era which made us fixated behind screens thus prolonging the long sitting hours, but sedentary life style is not good for our health. Experts warn us all the time about the negative effects of prolonged sitting which in combination with regular stress can seriously endanger our health. Many people are already struggling with many ailments due to the long sitting hours.

We are aware of all this but we still have a tendency after many spent hours in front of our desks to come home and immediately turn on the TV or computer. Even our children do the same thing staring all the time in the screens. Exercising is not our regular activity and we almost never walk as going by car is better and easier option.

We must change this lifestyle as sedentary behavior can dramatically endanger our health, and be the trigger of many health concerns like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and even premature death.

The sedentary lifestyle is very often put in the same rank with smoking as both of them show negative effects. According to the latest findings of researchers “sitting is the new smoking.”

Edward R. Laskowski, M.D. claims the following:

“Any extended sitting — such as at a desk, behind a wheel or in front of a screen — can be harmful. An analysis of 13 studies of sitting time and activity levels found that those who sat for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity had a risk of dying similar to the risks of dying posed by obesity and smoking.”

The structure of body is meant for standing upright and if this is not fulfilled, then we would be prone to many ailments. It is a fact that physically active people are healthier because their organs function better, they have stronger bones, and have more energy and endurance.

11 Reasons to Avoid Sitting Too Long

  1. Sedentary lifestyle leads to higher blood sugar levels, and can even impede the way how our body reacts to insulin, eventually leading to diabetes.
  2. Insulin is an important hormone produced by the pancreas carrying glucose to the body cells thus providing them with energy. When the body is not active, it does not respond accordingly to the release of insulin, and as a result of that the pancreas gets over-productive.
  3. One of the reasons for developing obesity is long sitting hours. As per Tel Aviv University researchers, 30% more calories are burned while standing, and elongated sitting can lead to developing fatty tissue cells named as preadipocyte cells.
  4. Long sitting hours elevate the risk of colon, lung, and endometrial cancer. Mature ladies who are prone to sedentary lifestyle are at higher risk of developing breast cancer.
  5. Prolonged sitting can cause poor body posture and neck pain.
  6. This lifestyle slows down everything in the body, including our brain. The less we move, the less fresh blood and oxygen gets pumped into the brain, which in turn lowers the release of chemicals and productivity.
  7. Long sitting hours elevate the risk of heart disease because the muscles burn less fat and the blood flow is slowed down thereby leading to accumulation of fatty acids.
  8. People who sit for too long are at higher risk of premature death, even if they exercise, according to a conducted study released in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
  9. Prolonged sitting causes increased pressure on the spine thus elevating the chances of developing herniated lumbar disks.

 Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., states:

“When you sit, you distort the natural curve of the spine, which means your back muscles have to do something to hold your back in shape because you’re no longer using the natural curves of the spine to lift yourself up against gravity.”

  1. Physical inactivity leads to an imbalance of the softs dicks between the vertebrae making them void of the needed nutrients. Namely, collagen, that supports the spine, hardens around the tendons, which lowers the back flexibility thus causing stiffening.
  2. As a result of prolonged sitting, the abs loose, the hip flexors shorten, and the legs get weaker. This will lead to poor balance and stability thus elevating the risk of injuries and bone fractures.

If this has been your lifestyle, then it is about time to start make changes if you want to preserve your health and lead a quality life. You can start with walking by replacing the short trips with the car. If your job requires long sitting hours take a stroll around the office, and stretch every half an hour while at work.

If you are not the type for extensive workout, you can practice yoga or simple walk every day. Thanks to the introduced movements your body will start to burn more calories, which will initiate the weight loss. You will feel more energetic, your body will become stronger and healthier, the muscles will be toned, and the overall mental well-being will be better making you feel great.

Sources:

moon-child.net

businessinsider.com

health.harvard.edu