Here’s What Happens to Your Health When You Sit Too Much
The new age technology has brought several benefits to our lives as can be seen at ApexHealthandcare but the biggest drawback of technology is that a majority of us end up sitting for long periods of time. With remote controls practically ruling our lives even the basic walking doesn’t happen anymore.
This is what happens to your body when you sit for long periods of time:
- All major organs like heart, pancreas, and colon are affected. Sitting reduces blood flow to all parts of the body and muscles don’t burn fat leading to excess fat accumulating in the heart.
- Can lead to cancer. The exact cause is not known but it was found that lung cancer increased by 54 % and uterine by 66% in those who sat for a majority of the time, probably because lack of movement leads to accumulation of free radicals and diminishes the availability of antioxidants.
- Sitting after a meal leads to sluggish digestion which in turn can cause indigestion, bloating and microbial imbalances in the body.
- Sitting long hours leads to back pain as the strain on the spine increases significantly because the discs are compressed and this leads to reduced flexibility and herniated disc.
- Abdominal muscles degenerate with long periods of sitting. A weak core can lead to several other problems like frequent urination and a weak pelvic floor.
- You will develop hip problems also as the muscles in this region are not used leading to their atrophy as is seen in the case of the elderly. Weak glutes will impact your balance, walking and even jumping.
- Improper circulation brought about by long hours of sitting can cause varicose veins which in turn will lead to swollen ankles and blood clots resulting in deep vein thrombosis.
- Lack of activity will weaken your bones and lead to osteoporosis.