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Prolonged sitting - Health risks

Updated on December 4, 2011

In this modern world people are working hours and hours sitting in their seats. It sounds cool and happy to work relaxed in sitting position but on long-standing it may cause many problems.Just take a look of the problems we can from prolonged sitting :

1.Deep vein thrombosis :Small blood clots may appear in legs called as Deep vein thrombosis.Swelling and pain occurs in legs ,feet and ankles.

2.Obesity : Working in sitting position do not burn calories that lead to gaining weight in turn results in obesity.

3.Muscle weakness and Joint tights : People cannot maintain correct posture in prolonged sitting thus causes muscle weakness and joint stiffness which in turn leads to back pain,neck pain and body pains.

4.Knee pain : In sitting posture the angle formed near the knee is 90o. This angulation may cause knee pain and swelling.

5.Neck problems :Especially in cases of computer usage neck problems are common along with pain in fingers.

6.Diabetes : In sitting position body does not need much blood sugars.So the sugar levels in blood rises which gradually may lead to type -2 Diabetes.

7.Cholesterol : Prolonged sitting reduces the enzyme activity level to 90%. So conversion of fats into enzymes reduces and increases the cholesterol levels in body.

8.Slow metabolism : Lack of movement reduces metabolic rate of the body.

9.Herniated disc : Human body is not designed for prolonged sitting.So it generates heavy weight on spinal cord and hip bones and causes injuries.The disc dislocates and causes severe back pain.

10.Heart diseases : Prolonged sitting increases the risk of heart diseases also.

prolonged sitting risks
prolonged sitting risks

What to do for Safety:-

1. Work out or exercise twice daily.

2.Walk atleast 10 feet for every one hour.

3.Stretch your muscles and slight movement of your body for every 2 hours.

4.Take back rest and support while working.

5.Try to maintain correct sitting posture.

correct sitting posture
correct sitting posture


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    • swathi180 profile image

      swathi180 6 years ago

      Hmmmm.....:-) Thanks TattooKitty

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      TattooKitty 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Your hub made me sit up straight...LOL!! Thanks for the reminder on how important it is to take care of your back!

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      swathi180 6 years ago

      thanks for commenting.God Bless you too stars439

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful Hub, and thank you for sharing all these nice ideas I hope to use. God Bless You.

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      swathi180 6 years ago

      ya its wise to invest in a good chair but follow safety measures also :-)

      thanks for stopping by and commenting Green lotus

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Greats tips. As a writer who has to sit for long periods of time, I know what you mean! It's wise to invest in a good chair :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Great advice! This is especially true for writers. :)

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      swathi180 6 years ago

      thanks ShyeAnne

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      ShyeAnne 6 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      Good Advice!