A growing number of people are spending too much of their time seated at behind a desk. This is true whether they’re working at home or at the office. It may seem normal and not such a big deal, but there are plenty of reasons why you’ll want to avoid sitting for long hours, one of which is to prevent certain diseases from hurting our bodies.
One organ that is most affected by excessive sitting is the heart. When you sit for too long, your blood flow slows down and your muscles burn less fat. This in turn makes it easier for fatty acids to clog your arteries and put you at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Your body’s ability to produce certain kinds of hormones can also be affected by long hours of sitting. This sedentary lifestyle can cause the pancreas to create high amounts of insulin which in turn can lead to diabetes. In fact, research has shown that people who sat for long hours are twice at risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who spend less time doing so.
Although it is not recommended to take on strenuous physical activities after downing a large meal, it is also not recommended to simply sit around for a long period. This is because when you do, it causes your abdomen to compress which in turn slows down digestion. This can eventually lead to cramping, bloating, heartburn, constipation and other digestion-related problems.
Increased Cancer Risk
Excessive sitting has also been found to increase a person’s risk of developing some form of cancer. Some of these include colon, breast, lung cancer and even cancer of the uterus. The exact reasons have yet to be discovered, but the link between being excessively sedentary is greatly considered. For instance, moving about boosts antioxidants in the body which in turn helps to eliminate free radicals in the body.
Another reason being considered is related to weight gain, which can be aggravated by excessive sitting. Weight gain can lead to biochemical changes in the body like hormone alteration, metabolic dysfunction, and inflammation. Needless to say, all of these generally lead to cancer.
That said, it is important to stay physically active even if you have a sedentary job. Get up every now and then and do some stretching exercises or take a walk around the office. Using ergonomic office furniture like sit stand workstations can also help by allowing you to work while standing up. Doing so will not in itself make the problem go away, but it can help keep you from being too sedentary.
For more information, contact us at DPG Formfittings today.