Sitting Your Life Away? Dangers of Excess Sitting
The Dangers of Excess Sitting
The medical results are in: long periods of sitting and being inactive can be hazardous to one’s health. Those who sit for longer than eight hours a day with little or no movement have an increased chance of developing severe depression, obesity, high blood pressure, suffer a stroke, or a heart attack.
Those who are at particular risk are individuals in school, or those who work behind a desk. Studies from “The American Journal of Preventive Medicine” state that women, particularly older women, are at an increased chance of suffering a fatal health issue after years of prolonged sitting on a 12-year follow-up than men in the same study
Individuals are still are at-risk for these hazards even if they exercise after the long stretch of sitting. The only true way of reducing sitting-related health issues is by either significantly reducing the amount of time sitting, or by getting up regularly and walking around; even standing is better to one’s health than sitting. Doctors recommend getting up and moving at least five to seven minutes per hour.
The long periods that an individual sits can wreak havoc on a person’s psychological and physical health. The vast amount of time the average person sits in America could help explain why more than two-thirds of adults over the age of 20 are overweight or obese. By being more active throughout the day, a person is going to be happier, productive, and in better health.