Thursday, 28 July 2016

How sitting affects both our mind and body!

Heart disease
While sitting, the muscles burn less fat and the blood flow is slow. As a result, fatty acids can easily block the heart. Sitting, thus, is related to cardiac arrest, high levels of cholesterol and blood pressure.

Strained neck and sore back 
We often tend to sit leaning forward glued to our laptops at our desks. This is extremely harmful as it can cause stiffness in the neck muscles and upper back. Sitting straight with a relaxed shoulder posture is always the right way.

According to a study done by the American Cancer Society, women who sit for more than 6 hours a day have 10% greater risk of cancer than women who sit for less than 3 hours a day. The sample size of the study was 77, 462 women.

Sitting for too long brings down the body’s capability to handle blood sugar. In a study, conducted by the University of Leicester with a sample size of nearly 800,000 people, it was found that people who sat for the longest periods were twice as likely to get diabetes.

Sitting more often than not leads to slower metabolism that is directly linked to weight gain.

Muscle degeneration
When we sit on a chair for a long time, our abdominal, back or hip muscles do not get exercised. As a result, one develops mushy abs and tight hips.

Affects the brain
Sitting doesn’t give space for our lungs to expand, ultimately leading to pumping less oxygen throughout the body and to the brains which eventually disrupts our concentration and slows down the functions of our brains. 

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