Disadvantages of sitting: Sitting a lot means killing yourself.

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  1. Barack James profile image90
    Barack Jamesposted 4 years ago

    Today; my uncle who is a doctor visited us at home. He didn't know what I do for a living until he asked me what I was doing with my laptop. Needless to say; he loved and envied my job. But he quickly objected and said I must be sitting a lot; which is true. He went a head and told me why I should not be sitting a lot:

    Firstly; when you sit, muscles burn less fats and the blood flow is affected. This results in fatty acids clogging the heart; and worse, in cardiac arrest. 

    Secondly; pancreas produces insulin; a  hormone responsible for supplying energy to the various body parts. When muscles are inactive; they don't respond to insulin like they are supposed to; and as the pancreas produces more; insulin becomes excess leading to diabetes and cancers.

    Thirdly; when you sit, the spine posture is affected. This results in exaggerating the natural arch of the spine; consequently leading to a condition called hyperlordosis or swayback at old ages.

    Fourthly; sitting a lot affects the mobility of the hip area. People who fall down so often; especially at the old ages; are known to be the guys who have sat a lot during the early ages.     

    Fifthly; and the last, when you sit too much, the lower body part (pelvic area and lower limb area) gets insufficient blood flow; which results in blood clots and fluid pooling in the legs; causing swollen ankles or a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

    Sixthly; sedentary sitting causes foggy brains and a slow body activity: Active muscles pump blood and oxygen through the brain in order to release brain and mood enhancing chemicals. LOL! I hopping we're not switching off our brains smile 

    Now; I thought of sharing this with fellow Hubbers who must be sitting a lot due to the nature of the job that we do: How do you work to ensure that your health is not affected by lots of sitting? Share with us!

    1. Writer Fox profile image49
      Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Clearly, we're all doomed! 

      I get what you're saying, though.  There's some kind of machine now that connects a computer to a treadmill so you can 'jog' while being on the computer.  Don't remember where I read about it, but there's a Hub in there somewhere if someone wants to write about it.  (That treadmill was expensive, too, so there might be some bucks from Amazon sales!)

  2. Millionaire Tips profile image91
    Millionaire Tipsposted 4 years ago

    Wow - this is a good warning for us.  My main job involves a lot of sitting as well.  I do make an effort to get up at least once an hour, and to be sure to do more active things when I am at home.

  3. Writer Fox profile image49
    Writer Foxposted 4 years ago

    I found an article about the treadmill/computer thing.  It's called a 'treadmill desk.'

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image100
    FatFreddysCatposted 4 years ago

    Until recently, my lifestyle was a double whammy - I sat on my ass all day at work, and then I sat on my ass watching TV when I got home. So I've been making an effort to be more active since earlier this year. I've taken up walking during my lunch break and occasionally when I get home in the early evenings as well (weather and time permitting). I must be doing something right because I've lost about 12 lbs. since the beginning of summer.

    I am in the process of writing a Hub about my new walking habit, I just need to get around to finishing the damn thing. big_smile

    1. Writer Fox profile image49
      Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I guess you'll have to open a new account as 'SkinnyFreddysCat.'

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image100
        FatFreddysCatposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I've got a looooong way to go before I'm "skinny" anything... so the name will still be accurate for some time.. big_smile

  5. Sed-me profile image80
    Sed-meposted 4 years ago

    This would have been a good hub. I can imagine ppl googling this subject.

  6. firstday profile image60
    firstdayposted 4 years ago

    Barack James thanks for the post.

    1. Barack James profile image90
      Barack Jamesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You're welcome Firstday - a nice username! Do we vote for usernames ?? Lemme checkout smile

      1. firstday profile image60
        firstdayposted 4 years agoin reply to this



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