Is sitting for too long dangerous?
Today’s lifestyle is such that most of us tend to spend hours sitting. It could be at work, behind the wheel driving or even sitting in front of the television or playing online games. This might not seem like an alarming thing to most of us, but the fact is that it’s dangerous.
Data from different surveys shows that most Americans sit for 13 to 14 hours in a day and sleep 7 to 8 hours. It’s important to have 60–75 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every day to fight the dangers of excessive sitting.
Research has thrown up some shocking data on sitting. It reveals that those people who sit too long in a day have 18% more chances of death than others. For instance, sitting for 6 hours in a day 37% chances of early death than the woman who sits 3 hours in a day.
Sitting for too long can lead to poor blood circulation and subsequently to the development of varicose veins. These veins not only look ugly, they may even turn into blood clots which are highly dangerous.
Impacts heart health
Experts opine that those who are inactive and sit for long periods are at a 147% higher risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Make sure that you get up and walk now and then and don’t sit for hours continuously.
When your muscles are active, your body digest the fats and sugars you eat well. However, if you tend to spend more time sitting, this remains in your body causing you to gain weight.
Sitting too long ups your risk for developing certain types of cancer such as lung, uterine, and colon cancers. The cause for this is not yet known though.