In recent years, doctors have been warning about the negative effects of sitting too much. Many of us sit for eight hours at work, sit for an hour on the commute home, and then come home and sit on the couch. This is horrible for our health! Even getting up and taking a walk or exercising every day may not be enough to help.
If you haven’t been feeling well lately, of course, you need to talk to your doctor. If you are worried that sitting too much is contributing to your health concerns, check out this list of problems that can be caused by sitting too much:
- Studies show that people in professions who sit more often versus those who stand have more heart problems and are more prone to heart disease.
- It can shorten your life. Many doctors worry about people sitting too much because studies show time and time again that people who sit all day die earlier than those who don’t.
- It could also put you at risk of dementia, diabetes, stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even cancer.
- You’re at risk of deep vein thrombosis, which is a clot in your leg that is caused by non-activity. This can be very serious. It can also lead to unattractive varicose veins.
- You might be overweight. Even if you exercise regularly, if you sit too often, you might not even be getting all the benefits of exercise that you should.
- You may have trouble sleeping which could also lead to anxiety and/or depression.
- It hurts your back. If you sit a lot, you are likely to have back and neck issues. Try a standing desk or ergonomic chair to help. Regular massages can also be helpful.
- It could weaken your bones and lead to osteoporosis as you age. Make sure to get enough vitamin D and calcium in your diet to help prevent osteoporosis as well.
This is your sign! Get up and keep moving. If you have to sit for a long time for a job or a commute, make sure to take regular breaks. If you work at a desk, try a standing desk.
Do you ever worry about sitting too much? Do you think excessive sitting is having a negative impact on your health?
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