With all the modern machines we have today, we can say this slowly eliminates the need for manual labor. More than 34 million Americans have office or sales jobs, meaning they are forced to stay sedentary for 8 or more hours a day.
A recent study showed that an average person spends more than half of his hours in an inactive state (watching TV, sitting at a computer, commuting to and from work, etc).
Sitting down for prolonged periods of time causes poor posture, chronic back pain and increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
So, How Can We Combat This Growing Epidemic of Inactivity?
According to four experts in the industry, spending a lot of time sitting down for your job can have a negative impact on your health:
Brain, Neck, And Shoulder Issues
Moving our body means a proper flow of oxygen and blood. In this way, we maintain clarity and keep our mind sharp. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can slow the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, which in turn inhibits our ability to think clearly. Excessive sitting at a computer also puts a huge strain on the neck, especially the cervical vertebrae. Poor posture can also damage the shoulder and back muscles.
Bad posture contributes to back pain, inflexible spines, and disk damage. Regular movement causes soft disks between vertebrae in the spine to contract and expand, allowing nutrients and blood in. Sitting for prolonged periods of time makes the disks compact and uneven. Moreover, it causes collagen to build up around ligaments and tendons.
When you sit for too long, you don’t use your abs. If you don’t use these muscles for too long, you are more likely to develop swayback or the unnatural overextension of the spine’s natural arch. Moreover, excessive sitting can reduce overall flexibility, especially in the hips and back and make the hip flexor muscles become tense and short.
Deterioration of Organs
Sitting can cause cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and even colon cancer. All of these problems are caused by the overproduction of insulin due to inactivity and sluggish blood flow. Regular movement can kill cancerous cells, and boost the antioxidants responsible for eliminating free radicals from the body. Overproduction of insulin causes weight gain, which leads to obesity and diabetes.
Sitting for prolonged periods of time will hinder circulation in your legs. This will lead to swollen ankles, harmful blood clots, and varicose veins. Moreover, your bones can become weaker and less dense. Regular physical activity, such as walking or running, can keep your bones strong and thick. It is scientifically proven that people who watched the most TV over the span of 8.5 years had a 61% increased risk of dying a premature death in comparison to those who watched less than 1 hour a day.