Why Sitting Too Much Can Damage Your Overall Health

Risk Of Diseases

Studies have shown that people who sit most of the day, such as taxi drivers, are about twice as likely to get heart disease as those who usually spend more time standing, like building guards.

Also, your odds of diabetes rise because you burn fewer calories. Doctors believe that sitting may change how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that helps burn sugar and carbs for energy.

It Can Increase Your Anxiety

When you spend too much time sitting, you’re often by yourself and engaging in a screen-based activity. This might make you experience a feeling of unease.

Also, if you spend too much time alone and away from your friends and loved ones, you may suffer social anxiety. And if this disrupts your sleep, it can make you even more anxious.

Your Body Suffers The Consequences

The seated position puts huge stress on your back muscles, neck, and spine. Try limiting the time you spend seated, moving around from time to time, and having an ergonomic chair.

It is also important to add more movement to your daily routine because if you sit for too long, blood can pool in your legs and lead to varicose veins or you could get deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

You May Gain Weight

If you watch a lot of TV or stay on the internet for hours on end, you’re more likely to be overweight or obese. That is because you stay in the same position for a long time, and your body is not moving.

What’s more, the effects of too much sitting are hard to counter with exercise. Even if you work out 3 times a week for 2 hours, you can’t reverse the effects of sitting 7 hours at a time.

Bone Diseases

When we get older, we are more likely to get osteoporosis (a health condition that weakens bones), and we could slowly become unable to perform activities of everyday life, such as taking a bath.

Health problems increase when we are old, but you don’t need to run a marathon to prevent them. You can begin by including more exercise into your day.