While to most people prolonged sitting is naturally considered unhealthy, the extent of the negative effects this has on the body are practically inconceivable. New researches conducted in the recent past show that sitting too much has contributed both directly and indirectly to a shorter life expectancy.
So, just how is sitting too much bad for your health?
Here is a detailed insight. Sitting, standing and their connection to life expectancy:
Findings posted in the British Journal of Sports Medicine from a recently conducted research showed that reducing time spent sitting by simply standing directly contributes to longer telomeres; these are caps in chromosomes responsible for preventing cell damage during cell division.
To this end, scientists have recently been considered contradictory by suggesting that working out does not directly remedy the damage caused by prolonged sitting. Lengthening the telomeres consequently lessens damage to the primary body component, the cell, promoting general good health and prolonging life expectancy.
Sitting also indirectly contributes to a myriad of other health problems which consequently increase the risk of premature death.
:• Diabetes and Heart Disease
The University of Mass At Amherst, after a lengthy research, came to a plain conclusion that sitting for prolonged periods of time reduces insulin production and activity, directly increasing the chances of type 2 diabetes by up to 20%.
Overall, it is the general inactivity in the body that facilitates certain physical changes associated with the disease. Over time, the risk of getting heart disease and other heart related illnesses were also shown to increase by 15%.
It is general knowledge that lack of exercise may lead to fat build up to a point that it turns to obesity. However, sitting not only contributes to obesity by hindering exercise, but also because of the mechanical pressure applied to the cells by the body’s weight. As unbelievable as it may seem, the Tel Aviv University successfully showed that the process of fat cells synthesis is significantly expedited by prolonged mechanical pressure on preadipocytes; cells which are synthesized to fat. To this end, sitting for long periods undermines effort spent trying to burn off excess body fat, a common hindrance for most obese people looking to shed excess fat. Furthermore, contrary to what most people may think, sitting triggers higher appetite levels owing to the general body, and at times mental, activity. When combined, these factors contribute to rapid fat build-up that may require a lot of effort to reverse
. • Cancer
Cancer has been linked to a host of different factors in the past, and recently prolonged sitting too. A report posted by the American Institute for Cancer Research suggested that increased cases of colon cancer and especially breast cancer could be correlated to prolonged physical inactivity. In most patients, prolonged sitting periods were reported as the main hindrance to physical exercise. ConclusionGenerally, sitting continuously for longer than 4 hours contributes to these and other effects. As such, ensure that you take some time, about 20 minutes, to occasionally stand and move about. Furthermore, in spite of the ineffectiveness of exercising in this case, working out nonetheless contributes to physical and even mental fitness, and consequently better health.