We all know that sitting for a long time is not good for our bodies. But did you know that prolonged sitting can raise your blood pressure level and increase your risk of death from heart disease, even cancer? Yes, you read it right.
The human body is made to stand upright. Our cardiovascular system works properly only when we are standing. When we are upright, our bowel movements are also more efficient. Therefore, it becomes common for people who fall in bed due to some disease to suffer from bowel problems.
When we move our bodies, we digest fat and sugar. When we spend a lot of time sitting, digestion is not as efficient, so the body retains those fats and sugars, leading to metabolic problems.
Leg and glute muscles
Sitting for a long time can cause the largest muscles in our legs and the gluteal muscles to weaken and even deteriorate. The large leg muscles are essential for walking and stabilizing the body. If these muscles become weak, you can fall while exercising.
Hip and joint problems
When you sit for long periods, the hip flexors shorten, which can lead to problems with the hip joints. It can also cause problems with the back, especially if one sits in poor posture or does not use an ergonomically designed chair or workstation. Even if you exercise but are constantly sitting for long periods, you are at risk of health problems like metabolic syndrome.
It has been revealed in much research that sitting for a long time increases the risk of many types of cancer. Especially lung cancer, uterine, and colon cancer.
How to increase your activity?
Staying active increases your overall energy level and stamina. Along with this, the strength of the bones also increases. Move your body whenever you have time:
Get up every half hour and walk a little.
Walk while talking on the phone or watching TV.
Instead of sitting the whole time, do some work while standing.
These small steps will help you lose weight and your energy level will also increase. By which you will be able to burn calories.
Disclaimer: The advice and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.