It’s pretty clear that modern society is designed for sitting. These days, when people work, socialize, study or travel, they do it in a seated position. Even though this is the case, it doesn’t mean that sitting isn’t harmful. Recent studies are showing that all of this sitting is doing much more damage than anyone thought. So, is sitting too much killing you?
According to healthline.com, “Over half of the average person’s day is spent sitting, doing things like driving, working at a desk or watching television. In fact, the typical office worker may spend up to a whopping 15 hours per day sitting. Agricultural workers, on the other hand, only sit about 3 hours a day.” This can mean a difference of 1,000 calories burned each day! That’s a lot but in today’s day and age, more and more jobs are centered around desks and computers.
So, what are some of the issues stemming from a sedentary lifestyle? Here are 12 reasons why sitting is bad for your health, courtesy of WebMD.
- It hurts your heart.
- It can shorten your life.
- Dementia can be more likely.
- You can undo all that exercise.
- Your odds of diabetes increases.
- You can develop DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
- You’ll gain weight.
- Your anxiety might spike.
- It wrecks your back.
- It leads to varicose veins.
- Older adults are more likely to get osteoporosis.
- Risk of cancer goes up.
All of this makes sense. Excessive sitting can cause a problem with weight management, leading to obesity and the myriad of issues that comes along with it. Many of the issues are mentioned above. In addition, a sedentary lifestyle has also been linked to more than 30 chronic diseases and conditions. The “undoing all that exercise” is more bad news … while being physically active is incredibly beneficial, exercise alone does not completely offset the negative health effects of sitting. This is why consulting professionals, like the knowledgeable staff at TNT, is so important. They design personalized plans that benefit each person based upon their individual needs and goals.
We are finally beginning to realize just how harmful it is to spend a lot of time sitting. This doesn’t mean that you should never relax, though. Just keep in mind that minimizing sedentary time is just as important for your health as a nutritious diet and regular exercise. Healthline.com summoned it up best, “You can’t outrun a bad diet, and you can’t out-exercise a sedentary lifestyle.”
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