More than 34 million Americans have office or sales jobs, where they have to spend at least 8 hours a day sitting. Annals of Internal Medicine published a study which found that the average person spends more than half of their waking hours in an inactive state.
Any extended sitting — such as at a desk, behind a wheel or in front of a screen — can be harmful, as it leads to serious health issues and raises the risk of diseases like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
A study conducted by 4 experts confirmed the negative consequences of prolonged sitting, as follows:
— The poor posture our body gets while sitting in front of the computer puts a tremendous strain on the neck and the cervical vertebrae, which leads to shoulder and neck issues, as well as back pain
— Sitting too long during the day raises the risk of colon cancer, heart disease, weight gain, and colon cancer
— It reduces the blood circulation in the legs, so it pools around the ankles, leading to swollen ankles, varicose veins, and blood clots
— By sitting too long, the hip flexor muscles become tense and short, the glute muscles soften, and this causes muscle degeneration
— Sedentary lifestyles cause disk damage, inflexible spines, herniated lumbar disks, and back pain, as the disks become uneven, and collagen accumulates around the tendons
— Sitting for too long during the day slows the oxygen and blood flow to the brains, reducing our capacity to think clearly
According to Edward R. Laskowski, M.D.:
“It seems clear that less sitting and more moving overall contribute to better health.
You might start by simply standing rather than sitting when you have the chance or finding ways to walk while you work. For example:
- Take a break from sitting every 30 minutes.
- Stand while talking on the phone or watching television.
- If you work at a desk, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter.
- Walk with your colleagues for meetings rather than sitting in a conference room.
- Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day.
The impact of movement — even leisurely movement — can be profound. For starters, you’ll burn more calories. This might lead to weight loss and increased energy. Also, physical activity helps maintain muscle tone, your ability to move and your mental well-being, especially as you age.”