Four Scientists Explain What Sitting Too Long Does To Your Body

Many of you have a job position that requires long sitting hours. When we get home, we go online and spend most of our free time scrolling and typing.

 

Statistics shows that over 34 million Americans have office or sales jobs, meaning each of these people sits for eight or more hours every day.

A report released in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirms that an average person spends over half of their awake times sitting at a computer, watching TV, working…

Technology may make things easier for us, but it definitely does you harm. Let’s not focus on its positive sides only. Yes, we get things done in less time and can connect to everyone in this world, but we do that while sitting. Spending most of your day on a computer can result in chronic back pain, poor body posture, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

If you sit for too long, finish this article, and tell us what you think. We have covered some of the major issues you can deal with when sitting for hours.

Brain, neck and shoulder issues

Your body needs to move to get more blood and oxygen. Your brain needs these to maintain clarity and remain sharp. If you sit throughout the entire day, you stop the brain from getting enough blood and oxygen, and you’re unable to think clearly.

Staring at your screen results in strains on the neck and the cervical vertebrae that connects the spine to your head. Improper posture hurts your back and shoulder muscles, making them overextended due to all the leaning.

Back issues

Back issues are the most common problem you will deal with when sitting for too long. Bad posture contributes to back pain, inflexible spine and damaged disk. Every motion helps the soft disks between the vertebrae in your spine to expand and contract, and this allows the flow of blood and nutrients. If you sit all the time, these disks become uneven, and result in collagen buildups around tendons and ligaments.

Herniated lumbar disks are more common in people who spend the day in front of their computer.

Muscle degeneration

Your ab muscles “sleep” when you sit. If you don’t engage them for too long, you may end up with a swayback. It’s an unnatural overextension of the natural arch of you spine. Long sitting hours affect flexibility in your hips and back. Flexible hips are important for your balance, and sitting makes your hip flexor muscles short and tense.

If your glute muscles are not used for long, they become soft, affecting your ability to take long strides and be stable.

Deterioration of organs

Sitting leads to heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and colon cancer. These heart problems are caused by overproduction of insulin due to poor activity and insufficient blood flow to organs. Move regularly to destroy abnormal cancer cells and boost antioxidants. These destroy free radicals, and prevent the development of severe issues.

Overproduction of insulin leads to obesity and diabetes.

Leg disorders

Sitting affects the circulation in your legs. Blood tends to pool around ankles, making them swollen. You also end up dealing with varicose veins and blood clots. Sitting also makes your bones weak and less dense.

Being more active will strengthen your bones, making them thick. Try running or walking. This is the reason so many people are diagnosed with osteoporosis.

A study shows that people who watch too much TV in the span of 8.5 years have a 61% higher risk of premature death when compared to those who watch TV less than an hour each day.

How can you solve the problem?

If you really have to sit, make sure you keep your back straight and don’t lean over your keyboard. Get yourself an exercise ball to engage your abs to work and keep your upper body in a straight line. Sit on a backless stool if you can’t balance your body on an exercise ball.

Stretch regularly. Stretches can save your life. Experts say that you have to stretch once every half an hour. Walk around the office for a few minutes to stimulate you blood flow, and optimize the function of your brain and muscles.

Keep your muscles flexible, and relax your mind. Use a standing work desk if necessary. In that way you will be forced to keep your body straight. This eases the flow of blood and oxygen in the body, and reduces your risk of blood clots and other health issues.

Source: Power Of Positivity

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