October 27

Why too much Sitting shortens life?

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Have you already heard the terms “sitting disease” other calls it a Sedentary Lifestyle? Did you know that sitting for a prolonged period of time can actually make you sick? Sitting for too long every day brings risks to your health.

Studies said that certain types of diseases are acquired by people who sit most of the time, desk employees and even drivers are at greater risk. It leads to obesity which eventually leads to high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. It also makes you accumulate fat around the waist, and result in high cholesterol levels and cancer because of inactivity.

Physical inactivity is one of the leading causes of  Stroke which sometimes leads to death. Interesting, right?

Continue reading to learn more.

Stuck on your chair playing mobile games and watching movies for hours? Let’s admit it, sitting is already part of our modern Lifestyle but regular physical activities like walking can decrease your chance of getting a  stroke and other related deadly diseases.

Sales ladies, guards and other related jobs that require standing and walking have a lesser risk.

Sitting uses less energy than standing and walking. A study conducted showed that those who spend their time sitting for more than eight hours per day without doing any physical activity are at risk of dying from the ill effects of obesity and smoking. However, the risks brought about by prolonged sitting could be countered by at least 60 to 75 minutes of physical activity during the day. But if there is nothing to do much during the day like cleaning your room during the weekend but how about the idea of walking to the grocery store to buy your stocks or walking your dog in the park?

There, you are hitting two birds in one stone.

But did you know that a point of reference for a Healthy Lifestyle is 10,000 steps, a day? That is equivalent of 8 kilometers or 1 hour and 40 minutes of walk and that depends on your speed.

A recommended number of steps to have a healthy body, which helps you manage your weight, your blood pressure, Cholesterol, improves your mood, keeps your memory strong and help you boost your energy. These are just some of the health benefits of walking.

 

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Perhaps you are asking yourself on how to earn that 10,000 steps? If you think, you are busy and don’t have time to do it. Simple, take your first step  by following the tips below:

  1. Avoid escalators, take the stairs if possible.
  2. Get a dog
  3. Park far away from your office or from the grocery store
  4. walk while brushing your teeth
  5. enjoy a talk while walking
  6. if you can walk and still early don’t take the bus going to your office.
  7. Walk around the village with your kids, wife or your dog.
  8. Try to complete your goal within the day

Install a walking tracker or counter on your smartphone or any gadgets that have this feature.

 

Stay Active Even at Work

If you are a desk employee such as an accountant or a computer programmer, especially people who deal with the computer most of the times need a  break and make it a habit to find some time to walk like going to the to the restroom or pantry perhaps. Other work environments promote the standing workstation/desk.

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1. Pause for a while and stand-up from your chair every 30 minutes.

You can type from your keyboard standing for a few seconds or you can transfer a document to a co-employee near you. Don’t just lean and reach for your officemate’s table.

You can also do simple arm and leg stretching while standing. It will loosen up your stiff muscles and nerves.

2. Stand-up when you need to make a call

Not only talking to someone on the phone boost your confidence but also improves your posture compare when you are in slouched and better if you do it while walking which also helps you relax your lower legs.

3. Use the stairs if you have to go to another department rather than using the elevator.

Walking a flight or two of stairs could help your heart in pumping fresh blood and tone your muscles even more.

4. Spend a few minutes walking after lunch.

After eating, don’t rush to your desk to play computer games, instead, you can do 10-15 minutes of walking around even inside your office building.

Move every time there’s a chance. Don’t confine yourself sitting the whole day when at work. Even leisurely movements can contribute to your general well-being.

 

Top Health Risks for Sitting the whole Day:

1.Early Death.Greater chance of acquiring Type II Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease.

2. Slow metabolism, Obesity.

3.Diabetes

4. Heart Disease

5. High Blood

6. High Cholesterol

If you think your job involves a lot of sitting or you spend 80%-100% of your time, you better start asking yourself now.

These health problems, if not addressed carefully and not prioritized might shorten your Life, seriously.

 

 

 

 

 

References:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sitting/faq-20058005
https://www.verywellfit.com/health-risks-from-sitting-still-3435508
www.beachbodyondemand.com/blog/14-unique-ways-to-get-your-10000-steps-in

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