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
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!
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!)
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.
I found an article about the treadmill/computer thing. It's called a 'treadmill desk.'
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.
This would have been a good hub. I can imagine ppl googling this subject.
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