Sitting…Slow Suicide


Studies indicate that 30 minutes of aerobics three times a week,  weight training twice a week and eating healthfully most of the time may not be enough to guarantee you a long and healthy life.

It has been found that chronic sitting is essentially a death sentence. Research is showing that sitting for long periods of time is linked to a variety of health issues, obesity and metabolic syndromes which contain a cluster of conditions including hypertension, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the middle and abnormal cholesterol levels. And that’s not all—your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and/or cancer are significantly elevated.

Organ Damage:
  • Heart disease
  • Over productive pancreas which produces insulin that idle muscles don’t respond to. This raises the onset of  Type 2 diabetes
  • Colon/breast/endometrial cancer. It is unsure why but it is thought that hyper insulin levels increase the growth of cancer cells and that movement boosts natural antioxidants that kill free radicals that may damage cells and cause cancer
Muscle degeneration:
  • Weak core from poor posture
  • Tight hip flexors which can tug on the low back and cause pain
  • Weak and flabby glutes
Leg issues:
  • Poor circulation which can cause fluid to pool and legs
  • Soft bones. Weight bearing activities place stress on bones which cause them to become stronger. Without this, your bones become soft and osteoporotic.

Back problems:

  • Stiff and immobile spine;
  • Propensity for herniated or “slipped disc”

Other problems:

  • Brain frog – activities bring blood and oxygen to the brain which trigger mood enhancing hormones;
  • Neck strain – sticking your head close to the computer screen causes some muscles to grow overstretched and painful and others to get short which restricts your ROM and function;
  • Slouched posture which weakens your upper back muscles.
How do you counteract the effects of chronic sitting?
  • Sit properly – low back supported, feet flat on the floor, monitor arm’s length away, arms resting comfortably by your side;
  • Get up every hour to stretch and walk;
  • Alternate sitting with standing every 60-90 minutes
  • Stretch your hip flexors. Trust me, they are tight
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