Health experts are widely spreading the bad news of prolonged sitting and the potential health implications.
The group of people most exposed to the habit of sitting down for long hours are sedentary workers. They spend about 8-plus hours sitting down.
A long term research has shown that breaking that habit is the only way to escape the health risks.
Did you know that prolonged sitting for hours in a day, increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90%?
Logically, when you sit for so long a time, most parts of the body are inactive. When it becomes a chronic habit, it tells badly on the health. Another fact that could worsen the situation is the choice of food while sitting and working.
Constant commercialized finger foods for a sedentary worker could very well trigger diabetes and other health issues. More so, prolonged sitting affects the way the body uses insulin to convert food efficiently to glucose.
Health experts are currently discouraging habitual inactivity.
They advise that about 30 minutes of daily moderate exercises, for instance, walking can help. Prolonged sitting affects proper blood circulation in the legs, affects the muscles and gives you a “bad” back.
One could take hourly breaks while at work to reduce sitting for too long at a stretch. Maintaining a good sitting posture may also help.
The studies also shows that the sedentary behavior can lead to death from cardiovascular issues and cancer. It is advised that people who are prone to this lifestyle should endeavor to sit less and move more.
Prolonged sitting is not only a problem for sedentary workers. It affects long distance drivers and anyone at all who has the cause to sit for 8-12 hours and even more.
Inactivity is now viewed as a global epidermic that is negatively affecting the lives/health of people.
Researchers cited a study that revealed that half of all jobs in the 1960’s required some sort of activity unlike now. The study says that fewer than 20% of jobs now still do.