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Posted by Bethaney Wallace on February 18, 2014
For everyone who works in an office or has had the occasional movie marathon, you know exactly how it feels to sit for long periods at a time. While sometimes it’s a welcome break, especially when feeling under the weather, it can often bring on feelings of stiffness and laziness. Whether mentally or in muscles that tighten from a lack of movement. And as for work, it’s simply a nature of the beast. Computers have to be typed and clicked on, and without a standing desk, one must sit in order to do their jobs. Or in other words, much of the time, we simply don’t have a choice as to how often we sit throughout the day.
Unfortunately, that could also mean the onset of several medical causes. For some this comes as a surprise, but not moving can actually cause as many (or more) side effects as other unhealthy habits. The body was meant to be in motion, and a lack of movement or exercise is about as unhealthy as we can get. Though it can be hard during the workday, or in inclement weather, it’s important to get up and moving on a regular basis. And if your boss disagrees, tell them it’s for your health – theirs too
What Happens When the Body Sits Too Long?
For the average adult, sitting at least eight hours can cause a whole slew of problems. Especially when taking place on a regular basis. Including:
Those who sit for too long are more likely to suffer from heart disease, an over productive pancreas, and even colon cancer.
When muscles aren’t being strengthened or conditioned, they’re likely working in the other direction.
Unfortunately, these side effects are an everyday cause from work, relaxing, or even feeling less than well. Whatever the circumstances, it’s always better to stretch the muscles in some form or another – whether that be taking a walk or just taking regular standing breaks.
To learn more about the side effects of sitting, stay tuned for part two, where we’ll talk about the back and brain, as well as how you can prevent these unfortunate risks.