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Posted by Bethaney Wallace on February 18, 2014
This post is a continuation from Do you Sit Most of the Day? You Could Be Causing Long-term Health Damage
In our last post, we discussed some of the dangers that can come from sitting for too many hours of the day. Including weakened muscles, a greater chance at certain diseases, etc. And how each of them is caused by perching on your rear for too many hours in a day, whether from vegging out or working from a desk. The latter of which can turn into a necessary evil, especially when taken on for years at a time. But unfortunately, those side effects listed in the previous article aren’t the only dangers that long-term sitting can cause. In this segment we’ll sort out even further medical hazards that can take place from a lack of movement and sitting for long periods of time.
What Sitting Can do to the Legs
Mortality Rate Increases with Sitting Hours
In perhaps its most dramatic statistic yet, those who watch the most TV have a higher chance at death, especially when the activity is repeated over time. Assuming folks are sitting to tune in, those who watched the highest amount of TV in eight-and-a-half years, were slated to have a 61% larger risk of dying. This study is in contrast to those who watch less than one hour of television per day. It also showed that the two are directly linked, as percentage increased gradually with hours of programs viewed. For instance, three to four hours left folks with a 14% higher percentage at death, and those who viewed five to six hours per day with a 31% higher chance.
The back and its respective bones, the ones holding us upright, are perhaps the most affected by long-term sitting.
When the body doesn’t get the movement it deserves, it’s felt all throughout the body. Stay tuned next week to see how you can reduce these health hazards throughout the day, even when sitting can be a necessity.