The Dangers of Sitting

Sitting-DiseaseDid you know that sitting too much is bad for you? Of course you do. But how much is too much and what happens when we let ourselves sit for about eight hours per day? Turns out, it’s a pretty serious health risk when we sit for too long.

Here are the top 10 reasons why we need to get up and get moving:

  1. Heart Disease. Muscles burn less fat and blood flows turns sluggish during a long sit. That means, fatty acids can clog your heart.
  2. Colon Cancer. Studies have linked sitting to a greater risk for colon, breast and endometrial cancers. The reason is unclear, but one theory is that excess insulin encourages cell growth.
  3. Mushy Abs. When you stand, move, or even sit up straight, abdominal muscles keep you upright.
  4. Tight Hips. Flexible hips help keep you balanced, but chronic sitters rarely extend the hip flexor muscles in front that they become short and tight, limiting range of motion and stride length.
  5. Limp Glutes. Sitting requires your glutes to do absolutely nothing and they get used to it.  Enough said.
  6. Foggy Brain. Moving muscles pump fresh blood and oxygen through the brain and trigger the release of all sorts of brain-and mood-enhancing chemicals. When we sit for a long time, everything slows, including brain function.
  7. Sore Shoulders and Back. The neck doesn’t slouch alone. Slumping forward overextends the shoulder and back muscles as well, particular the trapexius, which connects the neck and shoulders.
  8. Inflexible Spine. When we move around, soft disc between vertebrae expand and contract like sponges, soaking up fresh blood and nutrients. But when we sit for a long time, discs are squashed unevenly.
  9. Poor Circulation in Legs. Sitting for long periods of time slows blood and circulation, which causes fluid to pool in the legs. Problems range from swollen ankles and varicose veins to dangerous blood clots.
  10. Soft bones. Weight-bearing activities such as walking and running stimulate hip and lower-body bones to grow thicker, denser and stronger.

Click here for more information on how to get moving throughout the day.

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  1. Reblogged this on The power of ME and commented:
    Here is more reasons to get moving! Sitting still can not only damage your body but your mind.


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