Excessive sitting doesn’t only affect the spine, as it has been thought for a long time, but it also damages the whole organism. Doctors point out that multiple seating, such as at work, is so harmful that its harmful effects on the body which exercises can’t fix.
Spine becomes less flexible and more comfortable to hurt. In the same, bent position, for hours, hips and knees get stiff as the whole body too. Such an improper holding of the body causes pain in the neck, shoulders, and back, and the muscles that are not practically used, can become weak and in time, more or less atrophic.
Sitting Contributes to Diabetes, Obesity and Heart Disease
Numerous scientific studies, conducted in developed countries on a vast number of respondents, have shown that prolonged sitting causes obesity because the immune system reduces the formation of enzymes that fight fat accumulation in the body. The sedentary lifestyle also slows down the metabolism, which together results in excess pounds.
Excessive sitting is cited as a frequent and essential risk factor for the emergence of diabetes, heart disease, and infarction, and malignant diseases, in particular, colorectal cancer, breast, and endometrial cancer. There is also a contribution to the weakening of blood circulation, which is mainly reflected on the legs in the form of enlarged veins and swollen joints, hocks, and knees. Too much sitting causes slowing down metabolism and increasing the possibility of occurrence of constipation.
Sitting also affects children badly, so long-term seating in front of the screen and in the youngest is associated with many disorders such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, asthma and attention, and concentration disorders.
Although medical officials issued recommendations that required minimum physical activity, they did not suggest limiting the time spent in a sitting position. After three or four hours of sitting, the body starts to send signals that it’s terrible for it.
Organ Damages and Muscles Degeneration
Heart problems. Muscles burn a smaller amount of fat, that causes blood flows slower through the body during sitting, allowing fatty acids to break the heart arteries easily. Seating for a long time is associated with an increase in blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, and those who are sitting have a double chance of suffering from cardiovascular disease.
Excessive pancreas function. The pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that sends glucose to the cells to generate energy. But cells in idle muscles do not receive ready-made insulin, so the pancreas makes more and more of it, which leads to diabetes and other illnesses.
Colon cancer. Studies have found a connection between prolonged sitting and colon cancer, breast cancer and endometrial cancer. The causes are not clear enough, but according to one theory surplus insulin accelerates the growth of carcinogens.
Soft ribbons. When you move, stand or sit properly, your stomach muscles keep your body upright. But when you get into a chair, they become useless. Weak back and abdominal muscles allow the spine to blame to the condition called lordosis.
Relaxed gluteus. During sitting, the gluteus muscles do not do anything, so they are easily used to this condition. When these muscles are soft, weak and inhibit regular walking and step.
Painful shoulders. The neck is not cast from the rest of the spine. When we are tilted for a long time, the trapezius muscle (the part that connects the blades, neck, and upper spine) suffers, and therefore the whole shoulder belt becomes painful.
Unhealthy spine. When we move, the soft discs between the vertebrae expire and collect, bringing fresh blood and nutrients into the body. When we sit for a long time the discs are crushed and lose elasticity.
What Can You Do?
At least you can do is to spend at least 30 minutes each day on moderate physical activity. Instead of spending those half an hour flicking Instagram or Facebook, get up and do something for yourself. You can include dancing, home exercises, light strolls, and home-made tasks such as suction, dust removal, and landscaping.
However, if you want to improve your heartbeat and lung intensity, you need to take half an hour to an hour, 3 or 4 times a week, for the following activities: cycling, swimming, roller skating, skipping the rope, or of course, running and fitness.