It has long been known that over sitting is bad for one’s health, but why exactly is that? Let science reveal exactly how over sitting is killing you slowly. Here are 5 big reasons to stop sitting right now:
1. Permanent Heart Damage:
Scientists first noticed something was up in a study that compared two similar classes: transit drivers, who sit most of the day, and security guards, who do not. Though their lifestyles and diets were much alike, those that sat were about twice as likely to have heart disease as those who stood. The damage that sitting for more than 1 hour at a time induces takes months to recover from, and considering how much transit drives have to sit for, it is almost impossible for them to recover from permanent heart damage acquired from over sitting.
2. It Could Shorten Your Life
You are more likely to die earlier from any cause if you sit for long stretches at a time. Once again, the damage done by sitting for extended periods of time are almost impossible to undo.
3. Dementia Is More Likely & Comes Sooner
If you sit too much, your mind could look like that of someone with dementia. Sitting also increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, which play a part in the condition. Moving throughout the day is better than the occasional exercise in decreasing the risk of all of these health issues.
4. You Will Undo All That Exercise
The long term effects of a lot of sitting are tough to counter with exercise. Even if you work out 7 hours each week (much more than the recommended 2-3 hours) you can not undo the effects of sitting 7 hours at a time. Do not throw away all that hard work in the gym by hitting the couch for the remainder of the day. Staying in motion consistently by getting up every hour is far more effective than occasional exercise.
5. Increased Chances of Getting Diabetes
You are more likely to get diabetes by sitting around all day because you burn fewer calories. Although still under research, doctors think sitting can alter the way your body reacts to insulin, the hormone which helps it burn sugar and carbohydrates for energy.