We all have those days when we are too lazy to get out of bed and want to spend the whole day on our smart phones, laptop, PC etc. According to a study, Americans are sitting an average of 3 hours a day and sleeping an average of 8 hours.
This means that 21 hours a day they are in a sitting position. It is not good for your health any kind of extended sitting per example watching tv, sitting behind a desk at work, or driving a car or truck.
Prolonged sitting can be the cause of mortality, independent of physical activity.
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine also shed light on the fact that prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with adverse health outcomes regardless of physical activity.
HERE ARE FEW DANGEROUS RESULTS THAT YOU’LL GET IF YOU SIT TOO MUCH DURING THE DAY:
The only thing you can increase by sitting is body fat, especially around the waist. While sitting your body slows down in burning fat. Moving and exercising help the muscles release molecules, such as lipoprotein lipase. Scientists from the United Kingdom have found a reason to believe that sitting causes great harm even amongst those who exercise regularly. According to the research, sitting for long periods of time affects glucose levels and increases insulin resistance. Once insulin resistance begins a vicious battle ensues and belly fat settles in around our internal organs.
BACK AND NECK PAIN
It’s common to hold your neck and head forward while working at a computer or cradling a phone to your ear. This can lead to strains to your cervical vertebrae along with permanent imbalances, which can lead to neck strain, sore shoulders and back. Sitting puts more pressure on your spine than standing, and the toll on your back health is even worse if you’re sitting hunched in front of a computer. It’s estimated that 40 percent of people with back pain have spent long hours at their computer each day. The disks in your back are meant to expand and contract as you move, which allows them to absorb blood and nutrients. When you sit, the disks are compressed and can lose flexibility over time. Sitting excessively can also increase your risk of herniated disks.
HIGH BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
Sitting increases the risk of diabetes, it is connected with insulin resistance and impaired glucose tolerance. And it all leads to making your pancreas produce more insulin and it all ends with diabetes.
INCREASES THE RISK OF CANCER
Any type of cancer is related to this problem, a number of factors are important players in increasing the cancer risk, for instance, obesity. It is a major factor for multiple cancers.
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Prolonged sitting affects the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, which can affect your brain function. Over time, your brain can become foggy and you may be unable to focus clearly on even the most fundamental tasks.
WEAK LEGS AND GLUTES
Weak legs and glutes affect your stability when you stand or walk around. This increases the risk of falls.
Prolonged sitting also has a negative effect on internal organs, especially your heart. Sitting in the same place for hours leads to poor blood flow to all body parts, including your heart. Poor blood flow allows fats and plaque to easily clog your heart, which in turn leads to high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.