According to research, fewer than 5 percent people engage in the minimal amount of physical activity required every day, which is 30 minutes. Americans just aren’t moving enough, and this can impact your body physically in more drastic ways than obesity.
Sitting all day, whether at work or at home, has several health risks and can also prove to be fatal! A few years ago, Japan introduced standing desks for all kinds of workers. People in various fields especially engineers preferred working while standing and reported a boost in productivity and ability to think of fresher ideas.
Let’s take a look at all the reasons why sitting all day is bad for you:
It can spike anxiety levels
Activities like playing video games or watching television for prolonged periods can impact your mood by making you more anxious.
This is also because a) you can play video games and watch TV for hours and b) there’s a possibility you didn’t get enough exercise during the day.
Limit your screen time, especially if you sit in front of one at work all the time. This will also help you sleep better at night and be more active in the morning.
It can impact memory
Memory loss diseases like dementia can occur to people who have sedentary lifestyles as much as those who have a family history of it.
Even exercise routines as simple as walking to work or a minimum of 30-40 minutes each day can help you minimize the risk.
It can increases risk of getting cancer
You can be at risk of several types of cancer if you don’t get enough physical exercise and sit for too long every day.
You burn less fat and tend to binge on unhealthy foods as well.
How often have you gone through several packets of chips or cookies without realizing it when you’re sitting, merely out of boredom?
Higher number of fat cells can lead to an increased production of hormones that cause cancer.
What else can you do?
We have lifestyles and work limitations which often inhibit us from getting exercise on the daily. There are simple ways that we can put in more effort to be more active.
- Try simple exercises at your desk to get your blood circulation going.
- Pick up a sport that you play during the weekends like tennis or basketball so you can keep your heart rate up.
- Eat healthier foods which you can digest easily while your body remains stationary.
- Get acupuncture as a treatment for back pain that may arise from sitting all day. This ancient Chinese treatment is also extremely useful for fighting the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.