We all do it, in most cases we don't really have a choice, we sit when we work, in the office, we sit while commuting and we sit while we watch TV, here are the potential dangers of prolonging sitting now called the symptoms of the sitting disease:
1. Weight Gain – our body is not moving, our muscles are relaxed, we burn less calories, our body does not release molecules like lipoprotein lipase, which helps process the fats and sugars you eat, and we increase the danger of weight gain. You are also at greater risk for the metabolic syndrome.
2. Poor Blood Circulation – It may It Leads to Varicose Veins - Sit for too long and blood can pool in your legs. This puts added pressure in your veins. They could swell, twist, or bulge -- what doctors call varicose veins. You may also see spider veins, bundles of broken blood vessels nearby. They usually aren’t serious, but they can ache. It can also lead to Deep vein thrombosis is a type of blood clot that’s most common in the legs. When part of this clot breaks off, it can cut off the flow of blood to other parts of the body such as your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. This is a medical emergency that can lead to major complications or even death. Sitting for too long, even on a long road trip, can cause DVT.
3. Heart Disease - Scientists first noticed something was up in a study that compared two similar groups: transit drivers, who sit most of the day, and conductors or guards, who don’t. Though their diets and lifestyles were a lot alike, those that sat were about twice as likely to get heart disease as those that stood.
4. Weakened Muscles – If you don’t use them, you lose them! By sitting all day, you’re not depending on your powerful lower body muscles to hold you up. This leads to muscle atrophy, which is the weakening of these muscles. Without strong leg and glute muscles to stabilize you, your body is at risk of injury.
5. Diabetes - Yup, you’re more likely to have it, too, if you sit all day. And it isn’t only because you burn fewer calories. It’s the actual sitting that seems to do it. It isn’t clear why, but doctors think sitting may change the way your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that helps it burn sugar and carbs for energy.
6. Chronic Body Pain – Sitting causes your hip flexors to shorten, and your seated position can also hurt your back, particularly if you have bad posture or don’t use an ergonomic chair. Also, poor posture while sitting can cause compression on the discs in your spine and can lead to premature degeneration, which results in chronic pain.
7. Posture Problems – The seated position puts huge stress on your back muscles, neck, and spine. It’s even worse if you slouch, no matter how comfortable you get, your back still won’t like a long sitting session. Get up and move around for a minute or two every half hour to keep your spine in line or use one of the Activeseat solutions.
8. Anxiety & Depression - It could be that you’re often by yourself and engaged in a screen-based activity. If this disrupts your sleep, you can get even more anxious. Plus, too much alone time can make you withdraw from friends and loved ones, which is linked to social anxiety. Scientists are still trying to figure out the exact cause But the risk of both depression and anxiety are higher in people who sit the most.
9. Your Cancer Risk Goes Up - You may be more likely to get colon, endometrial, or lung cancer. The more you sit, the higher the odds. Older women have higher odds of breast cancer. That doesn’t change if you’re super-active. What matters is how much you sit.