What are the Health Risks of Sitting All Day?
Anything done in excess poses health risks to our bodies. Eating snacks packed with trans fats can lead to heart disease. Too much sugar may cause diabetes. Drinking too much alcohol causes cirrhosis of the liver. Even an activity that we see generally perceive as harmless – such as sitting all day – also has its negative effects on our health. I’ve tried sitting all day at work for two weeks and honestly, it almost drove me crazy!
What are the health risks of sitting all day?
Numerous articles from trusted news sources such as Mayo Clinic, and WebMD cited these risks:
- Weight gain is the most obvious risk of sitting all day. The less movement you have, the fewer calories you’ll burn. Having more weight makes working out and losing the excess harder.
- A study by the University of Minnesota found that transit drivers in London were twice as likely to contract cardiovascular disease compared to conductor guards who stood all day, even if they had similar lifestyles and diets. The Mayo Clinic supports this data, stating that people who sit all day have 125% increased risk of heart disease.
- People who sit all day are at higher risk of suffering from dementia in their advanced age. The Mayo Clinic found that physical exercise can prevent age-related brain illnesses, or prolong their onset.
- Another risk of sitting all day is developing deep vein thrombosis or DVT. The UK National Health Services defines DVT as “a blood clot that develops within a deep vein in the body, usually in the leg.” It can become a serious condition when the clot finds its way to your lungs.
- Finally,, sitting all day makes your psoas muscle tight and inhibits it from reacting correctly. The psoas is a muscle that connects the upper and lower body. It can be found between the bones of your hip and lower spine. Lack of movement makes it tight and inadvertently tells the body that it is in danger and in need to release adrenaline. Overworking your adrenal glands leads to compromising your immune system and unnecessary fat storage.
The good thing about these diseases and risks is that they are preventable through a change in lifestyle. Initially, it would seem difficult, but adopting a healthier lifestyle is easy if you have a positive mindset, willpower, and a supportive community around you.
How to prevent the risks connected to sitting all day
The most obvious, and most important, way of preventing the risks stated above is exercising. And we’re not just talking about any exercise, but exercises that can help you unlock your hip flexors.
Exercises that can help unlock hip flexors include dynamic stretching, fascia stretching, core stability exercises, and mobility exercises. These workouts should be performed using the sequential flow method, which is the process of mobilizing your muscles in a certain sequence. Done correctly, it can help you become stronger and more flexible.
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