Prolonged Sitting has been shown to pose severe health issues.
There are lots of studies showing that spending too many hours sitting is very risky and detrimental to our health and well being.
Constant inactivity or reduced activity levels raises risks for life threatening sickness. It increases our risks of this top 5 killer diseases.
1. Obesity and weight gain: Lack of activity will reduce the body’s ability to burn fat. Everything we eat will be stored as fat as no energy is used due to prolonged sitting.
2. Type-2 Diabetes: Prolonged sitting causes our core midsection muscle to relax. When this happens, only very little glucose from the blood is used which automatically raises the risk of type 2 diabetes.
3. Heart disease: Inactivity or sedentary lifestyle like sitting all day at the office or lying down or movie watching (maka ndi zee world) increases heart disease such as stroke, atherosclerosis and heart attack.
4. Deep-vein thrombosis: This occurs when there’s blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs. It is dangerous because blood clots can loosen and lodge in the lungs or heart to cause ruptured veins leading to stroke.
5. Metabolic syndrome: This occurs when there’s a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. The syndrome increases a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke.
Asides the risks above, you’ll also have increased legs, joints, shoulder, back and waist pain from wrong posture.The older one gets, the higher the risk of all the above risks of sitting down ALL DAY.
PROLONGED SITTING REMEDIES.
Take a break from sitting every 30 minutes.
Do stretching exercises to improve blood circulation.
Stand or pace about while talking on the phone.
Jog or run at least 30mins daily.
Body weight exercises like squats and leglifts even in your work station can be helpful.
Have a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables for an all round improved health.
LEG LIFTS for Prolonged sitting.
If you are reading this sitting down, Place your hands on your laps.
Raise your legs to the level of the seat (L-shape)
Hold it like that for 60secs.Yes, the pain you are feeling is waking up your weak muscles.
Alternate both legs now, that is raise right leg, hold for 60secs, left leg 60secs . Then repeat the whole process 2ce or as much as you can handle. You should be sweating by the 2nd repetition.
So here you have it. Become more active with our 4WKS FULL BODY WORKOUT GUIDE to counter the effects of prolonged sitting. Just in less than 15mins daily in the comfort of your home. Lose weight, Feel great.
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