Locked in their homes, people in their homes are passing time by binging on digital media, reading magazines and well sitting most of the time. But according to health experts. Too much of sitting can be dangerous. Read on to learn how damaging it can be to sit all day, from your head to your toes.
Weak legs and glutes
Sitting for long hours leads to muscle atrophy making your muscles weak. Without strong leg and glute muscles that stabilize you during motion. You are at risk of getting injured while running or falling.
One study found, unsurprisingly, that people who spent more time sitting than usual, gained more weight around the middle, which is the most dangerous place to store fat.
Tight hips and a bad back
Sitting causes your hip flexors to shorten, and your seated position can also hurt your back, particularly if you have bad posture.
Anxiety and Depression
Lesser understood than some of the physical effects of sitting, are the mental effects. But the risk of both depression and anxiety is higher in people who sit the most.
Emerging studies suggest that prolonged sitting can increase your risk of certain types of cancer, including lung, uterine, and colon cancers.
One study found that men who spent more than 23 hours per week watching television had a 64 percent greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than men who only watched television for 11 hours.
People who spend more time sitting also have a 112 percent increased risk of diabetes. In one study that looked at the effects of just five days of bed rest, researchers saw increased insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.
One study even found the 90% of men who sit for a long duration of time suffered from ED. This is largely due to inactivity impairing your circulatory system.
How to Fix It
Well, it’s simple, Get moving! Take the stairs instead of the elevator, take standing breaks, walk to a co-worker’s office instead of sending an email.