Five Ways Sitting is Destroying Your Health
Our modern world comes with many benefits. We no longer have to search and hunt for our food, many of us are able to make an income using our minds vs our bodies, and traveling long distances on foot to communicate with others is now down with the press of a button. All our technological advances have helped us live with more ease, but have not necessarily helped our overall health.
In fact, the ease we experience in our modern lifestyle has led us to spend much of our time sitting or laying still. Gone are the days where we moved and worked our bodies all day in order to survive. So what’s so wrong with sitting, you might wonder?
Well studies have shown that sitting more than half the day, regardless of how much exercise people got otherwise, was associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality. Those spending more than 12.5 hours of sedentary time per day with bout duration of more than 10 minutes had the highest risk for all-cause mortality.
The average American works 10 hours a day. Factor in time spent sitting while you eat, watching tv, reading or other leisure activities, and you can easily see how someone could sit 12+ hours per day.
Here are five ways sitting too long can destroy your health:
1. It increases your risk of heart disease. Researchers compared the incident of heart disease among workers who mostly sit and those who are more active. They found that those that sat were about twice as likely to get heart disease as those that moved.
2. You are more likely to get diabetes. Prolonged sitting has been shown to change the way your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that helps it burn sugar and carbs for energy. This results in an increase in diabetes and metabolic disorder.
3. Your more likely to become obese. If you spend a lot of time sitting, digestion is not as efficient, so you retain those fats and sugars as fat in your body. Leading a sedentary lifestyle has a direct correlation with an increase in your waistline.
4. It may cause cancer. Studies have shown that people who spend more hours of the day sitting have up to a 66% higher risk of developing certain types of cancer than those who aren’t as sedentary.
5. You’re more likely to die early. A recent study has shown that people who say for long periods of time with a higher risk of death from all causes, including cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, suicide, lung disease, liver disease, peptic ulcer and other digestive disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, nervous disorders, and musculoskeletal disorders.
So how does one keep up with our modern lifestyle while also preserving their health? The best way is to break up all that sitting with movement throughout the day. One small change, like switching your traditional office chair for a motion chair, can mean the difference between poor health and optimal health.
Swopper, 3Dee and Muvman are the perfect solution for anyone looking to sit in motion. The near-constant three dimensional movement means your body is always moving up, down, side to side and back and forth. This small, effortless movement virtually eliminates the risks associated with sitting.
We may not be able to change how much sitting our modern lifestyle requires, but we can adapt to this lifestyle and find new ways to support our bodies need for movement.