Why Sitting At Work For A Prolonged Period Could Be Deadly?

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How many hours each day do you sit?

At work?

In the car?

At meals?

In front of the TV?

You might be surprised to learn that:

• 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours sitting a day

• 20 to 35 percent spend four or more hours a day watching TV

If your job involves you sitting all day at work, you may want to pay attention to recent research which demonstrates that prolonged sitting at work raises the risk of suffering from chronic and non-communicable diseases, even if you work out or exercise. The industrial revolution may be largely credited for the changes we see in the physical, economical and social environments we now live in.

These changes, such as the development of new technologies (whereby communication and transportation has improved) have resulted in reduced demands for physical activity. These reductions in the demands for being physically active have been linked to increases in adverse health outcomes among a substantial proportion of the population both in Canada and around the world.

To date, much of the focus of public health initiatives has been to raise awareness of the benefits of regular moderate-to-vigorous physical activity with the hope that this may subsequently increase activity levels; however, there is growing interest in identifying the effects of sedentary behaviors on health outcomes.

Prolonged sitting and sedentary behavior comprises a major part of the modern lifestyle: at work, leisure (watching television, Internet) and commuting/traveling. Studies have shown that adults spend about half of their time at work and even more sitting. Similarly, a significant part of the leisure time is spent doing sedentary activities usually in front of a screen (TV or a computer).

What Did Recent Researches Say?

A new study from American Cancer Society researchers finds it’s not just how much physical activity you get, but how much time you spend sitting that can affect your risk of death. Researchers say time spent sitting was independently associated with total mortality, regardless of physical activity level.

They conclude that public health messages should promote both being physically active and reducing time spent sitting. The study appears early online in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Increasing obesity levels in the United States are widely predicted to have major public health consequences.

A growing epidemic of overweight and obesity has been attributed in part to reduced overall physical activity. And while several studies support a link between sitting time and obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease risk factors, and unhealthy dietary patterns in children and adults.

In January 2010, British experts linked prolonged periods of sitting to a greater likelihood of disease. And that same month, Australian researchers reported that each hour spent watching TV is linked to an 18% increase in the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease — perhaps because that time is spent sitting down.

What Other Researchers Say?

• For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking” ~ Martha Grogan, cardiologist, Mayo Clinic

• Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression, and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.” ~ James Levine, MD, PhD

• Prolonged sitting should be considered within occupational health and safety policies and practices just like other elements of posture.” ~ British Journal of Sports Medicine

What Diseases Are you Exposed To When You Sit For Long?

Prolonged sitting was associated with higher mortality from all causes, as well as increased incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes, even among people who exercise regularly, according to a meta-analysis published in the January 20 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. However, the analysis of 47 previously published articles also shows that the association between all-cause mortality and sedentary behavior is greatest among people who exercise the least.

#Cancer #Type2 Diabetes #Cancer #Obesity #Stroke #Depression.

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What You Should Do To Stay Away From These Diseases?

The average person should walk around 10,000 steps a day. Why is it important to stay active during the day? Think of your body as a machine. Now if this machine is not used for a long time it starts to decay and wear out. This is actually what is happening to our bodies when we sit down for long periods of time. Our heart starts to weaken and cholesterol starts to build up in our arteries resulting in an increased risk of heart attacks. In addition, when we are physically unfit we increase our risk of developing dementia (decreased cognitive brain function). Furthermore, staying inactive increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis.

#Tips For Staying Active

• Get Up and Go

• Rethink your commute.

• Multitask while watching TV.

• Think beyond a lunchtime workout

•Take a Stand More

 

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