Whether for work or to watch television, some believe that secular lifestyles have high costs. Sitting all day at work, for example, means less physical activity. Some potential consequences are easy to understand, such as obesity. Some are more difficult to connect, such as cardiovascular disease. Is sitting all day the new smoker? The answer is more complex than you think.
How could you hurt yourself all day?
While smoking, you introduce harmful substances into your body. But when sitting, you do not inhale dangerous chemicals. You are just … sitting.
But, can this hurt your health?
There is not a simple answer here. A body sitting for long periods undergoes several different changes. A good example is the posture. Good posture is important. But it is difficult to maintain for a typical workday. You may find yourself reading these emails before rushing to the door. Poor posture can prolong the muscles of the back and shoulders. It can also solicit the cervical vertebrae in the neck. Over time, your muscles may also degenerate due to a lack of physical activity. For example, your abdominal muscles keep you standing when you are sitting. But, sagging in a chair means they do not get used. As a result, this exacerbates posture problems.
Sitting for long periods can have even worse negative effects. Several studies associate prolonged sitting with premature death. To be clear, an excessive session is not the cause of a serious illness. But research suggests that people who sit more than eight hours a day show a greater incidence of dying from certain health conditions.
There is a detail added here that could be a source of concern. Several studies on the effects of prolonged sitting represent a regular physical activity. This means that even if you hit the gym often, if you sit down a lot, you still risk being at risk.
The effects of the session all day – Watch more closely
The burst of studies on the effects of the session has led to many changes. Some offices encourage standing desks, for example. Before buying a permanent office, you can watch science on the subject. At this point, while the studies have been done, the jury is overall off. The general scientific conclusion is that working is not bad for you. What is not so clear is if it can help you. The main attraction of standing desks is the reduction of the sitting position they allow during the day. We know that sitting for long periods causes body changes. Standing desks can help limit this, and that’s where its benefits lie. An interesting thread about sitting is metabolism.
There are many reasons you want to move, instead of sitting for hours at a time. For one, moving your muscles helps boost your metabolism. Metabolism is the way the body digests the fats and sugars you eat. Eating too much of sweet and processed foods can be more than your metabolism can handle. Sitting too much can lead to fats and sugars remaining in the body.7 This leads to weight gain,and possibly metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome can be particularly problematic. It’s because it’s actually a group of several conditions. These include obesity, hyperglycaemia and abnormal cholesterol levels.
It is clear that sitting affects the body. But the type of session you’re doing can be important.
A study compared sitting and doing homework against sitting down and watching television. The purpose of the study was to see if major health problems have developed, and how they are correlated with the sitting position. The only association was weak with problems controlling glycaemia. However, this does not necessarily mean that the session causes conditions.
Two other studies concerning diabetes and the sitting position showed more connection. However, there is a major warning. They only applied to people who were regularly inactive or physically inactive and obese.
Minimize the health risks of sitting all day long?
Whether you sit for long periods at home or at work, try to find ways to break things. A study suggests doing something as simple as standing or walking once an hour can help offset the negative effects of the session on the body. Think of it as if you give your body a break to sit down. Get up and stretch yourself a little every hour. If you are at work, walk around the office. Or go out for a few minutes. At home, get up and do some housework.
The benefits, according to clinical studies, of taking a quick break to move or get away include:
Increase in IQ
Increases concentration and concentration
Optimize the functions of your brain
Improve circulation at the lower extremes
All day and your health
While the long-term effects of prolonged sitting are still under study, it’s always a good idea to keep your body moving. The benefits of regular exercise are exponential. So, get up and move, no matter how long you sit each day.