Gone are the days when people would exert themselves to get food, shelter for survival. There was no concept of ‘working out’ as obesity was never a concern back then. Today majority of us are engaged in sedentary work. An average office worker sits for about 10 – 12 hours. The first half sitting in front of the computer in sedentary work environment, and the other half sitting indoors in front of the TV or web browsing. Recent studies and researches about the adverse effect of sedentary workplace behavior have been making rounds all over the news.
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Why sitting for too long makes you fat and sick
Medical researchers have long warned that sitting for long periods of time results in various health issues including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a collection of medical conditions that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abdominal obesity and abnormal cholesterol levels. The main sign of metabolic syndrome is central obesity (also known as visceral, male-pattern or apple-shaped adiposity), overweight with fat accumulation particularly around the waist and trunk.
A German analysis concluded that people who sat for the longest period everyday were 24 percent more likely to develop colon cancer than those who spent less time sitting. Sitting for longer period can also make you susceptible to back pain. A study found that sitting longer than 3 hours can cause compression of certain disks in your lower back which can lead to disk degeneration.
How to cope:
There are some strategies you can make:
- Get up and move. Move from your place and walk around after every hour
- Experts say that you should consider standing up at your work for at least 2 hours a day
- Stand wherever you can. Stand up when you are talking to somebody, or on phone, if you are not typing at your PC
- Avoid having lunch at the your desk