In our first post, we spoke about the excessive time many of us spend sitting a day. To give you a little reminder, on average it’s 9 hours, and that is not including the time when we are asleep. In this article, you will find out what exactly happens to your body when you become another sitting victim.
The first link between illness and sitting was observed in 1950. When researchers found out that bus drivers were twice more likely to have heart attacks than their bus conductor colleagues. It’s believed excessive sitting slows the metabolism, which affects our ability to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure.
You might be thinking now it isn’t you, but think again. Think about your time commuting to and back from work, watching your favourite show, having lunch etc., it begins to sum up. Unfortunately, the human body is not not made to sit down this much. Despite the time your daily training, this may still now be enough. According to Peter T.Katzmarzyk, Ph.D.
“Even within physically active individuals, there was a strong association between sitting and risk mortality. This is an important observation because it suggests that high amounts of sitting cannot be compensated for with occasional leisure time physical activity even if the amount exceeds the current minimum physical activity recommendations” T.Katzmarzyk,Ph.D.
It is indeed difficult to realize how such an innocent act can damage our body in any way, but it does. “We are made up of 360 joints and over 700 muscles that move your skeleton. Our vascular and nervous system depend on movement to function” says Mohamed Taha, clinical director at Form Clinic. So here is a list of everything that could happen to you.
Legs and Hips
Loneliness and Depression