Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Sitting Disease !

SaraBurda's photo.So you workout everyday, you don't sit around at home and you even hit a two a day every once in a while but did you ever stop and think HOW many hours a day you really do stay sitting down? Probably more than you even realize. Research shows that on average people spend 50-60% of their waking hours sitting down. And sitting that long can have huge effects on your health even when you are working out on the regular!
So what if you ARE sitting for too long? What does happen to your body and mind? Sitting for excessive periods of time is linked to health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, anemia and bone loss. Nothing which sounds healthy for the long term.
Here are some facts:
-Sitting for too long can lower your ability to create fat burning enzymes responsible for managing triglycerides, which is a blood fat.
-Sitting causes blood to move slowly in which the fatty acids which create plaque and build up over time in the heart vessels,
-Your abdominal muscles weaken from poor sitting posture. Due to this the lower back tries to compensate and you start to become bio-mechanically unstable.
-Reduced blood flow from sitting prevents optimal amounts of oxygen to get to your brain.
-Middle aged women who sat longer than 7 hours a day showed an increase in depression as compared to women who had more active jobs.
-Sitting decreases longevity. There has been research done that found that placing fat cells under stress or a large load such as the one you generate from sitting, can cause and accelerated speed of fat cell production by 50%.
So HOW can you prevent sitting so long ??
- Set a timer for every 30 minutes to get up and walk
-When on a call move around the office
-Walk to deliver a message to someone
-When people enter the office stand to greet them
-Drink a lot so you have to get up to pee a lot smile emoticon
-Sit on a stability ball to activate the core
Park FAR away and walk
-Carry a grocery basket instead of a cart
-Take the steps not the elevator
The list can go on but I think you get the point. The more you are aware of the movement you are making the better off your body will be to create muscles and reduce the effects of sitting for a prolonged period of time !

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