What Happens When You Sit All Day at Work | HEALTH
Prolonged sitting has been widely known as an activity (or inactivity as the case may be!) that is linked with numerous medical conditions and diseases. I can’t even count the number of studies that have proven its health risks.
I can’t blame you for sitting on hours end though. Majority of people the world over are required to sit for extended periods of time mainly because of work. Unfortunately, it can have vast negative effects on your health.
Here at Aussie Supps, especially for starters, we’d like you to understand what you’re up against. Like we’ve mentioned a lot of times before as well, you can’t do anything about your situation unless you first get to the bottom of it. More importantly, your health comes first.
Health Risks of Prolonged Sitting
Sitting for long hours is primarily linked with heart diseases. Study has shown that if you sit beyond 5 hours, your waist size increases by 2 centimeters for every hour after then that you are sitting. At the same time, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases by 0.2% every hour.
In another study, researchers have discovered that vascular function becomes weakened with prolonged sitting of more than 6 hours. It decreases your high-density lipoprotein, or "good," cholesterol, while increasing your low-density lipoprotein, or "bad," cholesterol.
Prolonged sitting also slows down your metabolism, which increases your risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. It affects your body’s ability to regulate glucose, or blood sugar, and blood pressure. It also affects how your body breaks down fat.
Perhaps the most alarming risk of excessive sitting is the increased risk of death from heart disease and the Big C – cancer.
Moving around a lot more may seem the most obvious solution to prolonged sitting. In fact, it is.
According to a 2016 study, being physically active eliminates the increased risk of death linked with 8 hours of sitting straight per day. What’s even encouraging is that based on an earlier study, workers or employees who are more physically active in the workplace experience less deterioration of their mental health and less of the symptoms associated with it including burnout and depression.
Another study also revealed that physical activity in the workplace reduces stress.
Incorporating physical activity into your work day can reduce the health risks linked to prolonged sitting and a sedentary lifestyle. While finding opportunities to be active can be a challenge when you’re working at a desk for 8–10 hours per day, you can start today by cycling to work or going for a lunchtime walk.
For more tips about how you can stay fit at work, visit the Aussie Supps Nutrition Hub in the Aussie Supps store. We have our very own nutritionist who can help you better understand how fitness and nutrition affects your health.
Time spent in sedentary posture is associated with waist circumference and cardiovascular risk
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Does physical activity attenuate, or even eliminate, the detrimental association of sitting time with mortality? A harmonised meta-analysis of data from more than 1 million men and women.
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