On average most adults spend around 8.9 hours sitting a day, and this has been increasing too many adults sitting for as much as 12 hours.
No matter if you are sitting in front of a desk or on a couch watching television, sitting for long periods of time can have negative effects on your health and body.
Even with regular exercise, the benefits of exercise cannot counteract all the negative effects that prolonged sitting can have.
With the known effects of prolonged sitting, there are more options available like Standing Desks to help people lower the amount of time that they are sitting at the desk each day. "Impact of sitting" Written by Altius Healthcare expert Doug Jones, shares his knowledge of sitting and how it affects our body!
Here are the top 5 effects prolonged sitting has on our bodies!
1. Slows Down Brain Functions
Sitting down for longer periods of time affects the brain. When our muscles move, the heart pumps more blood around the body, and this helps more oxygen enter the brain. This helps the brain function and helps release mood enhancing chemicals. There have also been studies that found that sitting for long periods of time is associated with a higher risk of dementia.
2. Increased Risk of Heart Disease
Sitting for long periods of time has been associated with many heart problems. In a new study, it was found that people who are obese and sat for long time periods had higher risk of heart disease. This means that reducing the amount of time sitting can lower the chance of heart disease. Some experts have advised heart disease patients to take breaks from sitting because the inactivity can cause more health problems.
3. Weight Gain
Prolonged sitting causes the metabolism to slow down, which causes you to gain weight. Sitting down suppresses the enzyme, lipoprotein lipase, which removes fat from your blood and transfers the fat in your muscles. This fat is used when you are using the muscles. When you spend most of your day sitting down, lower amounts of these enzymes are released, and there is excess fat in the blood. Products such as the Standing Desk are ideal for weight loss, with an estimated 30-60 calories burned each hour standing compared to sitting!
4. Neck and Back Pain
A study done by Penn State found that sitting for over 4 hours can cause lower back discs to compress. Over time, the compression causes disc degeneration, which is one of the main causes of lower back pain. Most times, sitting at your desk cannot be the only reason why you have lower back pain. However, sitting for long periods of time can place extra strain on the discs, which causes increased pain. It's known that sitting causes 2x more pressure on the discs in the spine than standing! Here at BackPainHelp, in particular for lumbar support we offer a Back Brace that relieves lower back pain and provides the daily support required.
5. Weak Legs
One of the major problems of sitting down for long time periods is that it causes poor circulation in the legs. Poor leg circulation causes the muscle fibres to start breaking down, which is known as muscle atrophy and makes your muscles weaker over time. Even with exercise, the poor circulation in the legs will make it harder to rebuild the muscle. The lower circulation to the legs also makes it difficult to work out for long periods of time. Products such as the Standing Desk help circulation, alternating your time equally between sitting and standing will help with this.