It is difficult for people who do not exercise much and who have little physical activity to lead a healthy life. If you sit for a long time as if your buttocks are attached to a chair, various diseases will occur, and your lifespan will become shorter. With the help of American health media ‘WebMD’, we introduce ’12 terrible things that can happen if you sit all day long.’
1. My heart hurts
There is a study comparing a group of public transport drivers such as buses and trains, who have to spend most of the day sitting, and a group of crew members who do not. According to the study, sedentary people were about twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who stood and moved. Their diet and lifestyle were similar, though.
2. Shorter lifespan
People who spend a lot of time in a nearly built-in position once seated are relatively more likely to die prematurely for any reason. Surprisingly, whether you exercise every day or not, it doesn’t really help. Of course, that’s not an excuse for neglecting to go to the gym. Doing so will shorten the lifespan.
3. You are more prone to dementia
Sitting too much increases your risk of dementia. If you get into the habit of sitting for long periods of time, your chances of getting heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol go up dramatically. Exercising throughout the day goes a long way in lowering your risk of all health problems. Physical activity that keeps your body moving is far more important than exercise.
4. All exercise effects disappear
The bad effects of sitting too much at once are difficult to compensate for with exercise. Even if you exercise for 7 hours a week (much more than the recommended 2-3 hours), you won’t be able to reverse the bad effects of sitting for 7 hours all the time. Even if you work out hard at the gym, it’s all in vain if you spend the rest of the day lying on the sofa. It’s best to keep moving and wiggle.
5. Increased risk of diabetes
Sitting all day increases your risk of diabetes. It’s not just because you burn fewer calories. The reason is not clear. But medical experts believe that sitting all the time can change the way your body responds to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps burn sugar and carbohydrates into energy.
6. More prone to deep vein thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (deep vein thrombosis, DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) forms in the leg. It can result from sitting still for too long. When a clot falls out of a blood vessel in the leg and blocks an artery in the lungs, serious things can happen. You may feel pain, but there may be no symptoms, and the longer you sit at one time, the more dangerous it becomes.
7. You gain weight
Sitting and watching TV for a long time or continuing to surf the web is very dangerous. You are more likely to become overweight or obese. Exercising every day is good, of course, but it’s hard to deal with the weight you gain by spending too much time on the screen.
8. Anxiety Overwhelms
Often alone, able to engage in activities through the screen. This can make you more anxious if your sleep is disturbed. Also, if you spend too much time alone, you will distance yourself from friends and lovers. This can lead to social anxiety. The exact cause is still unknown.
9. Back Pain
Sitting puts enormous stress on the back muscles, neck and spine. Sitting crouched makes the symptoms worse. In this case, you can sit on an ergonomic chair of an appropriate height and support your back properly. But no matter how comfortable it is, your back doesn’t like to sit for long periods of time. Getting up and moving for 1-2 minutes every 30 minutes is good for keeping your spine in a straight line.
10. Leads to Varicose Veins
Varicose veins show symptoms such as swelling, distortion, and swelling. Sitting for too long can cause your legs to bleed. This puts additional pressure on the veins. Spider veins (broken bundles of blood vessels) may also appear. It’s usually not serious, but it can be painful. It is advisable to seek help from a doctor.
11. Osteoporosis and loss of activity
Older people who are not active are particularly likely to develop osteoporosis. You may have difficulty moving, such as going to the bathroom or toilet, or you may gradually lose activity. Even moderate exercise cannot prevent this. It is best not to lie on the couch all the time for hours at a time.
12. Increased risk of cancer
It can increase your risk of developing colon cancer, endometrial cancer, and lung cancer. The longer you sit, the greater the risk. Older women are more likely to get breast cancer. You often have to get up from your seat and make big and small movements.
According to medical experts, you need to move more every day to avoid these horrific events. Get up every 30 minutes to stretch, touch your toes, and walk around the office. One way is to sometimes work while standing in front of a desk and looking at the computer screen placed on the cradle. Let’s find and practice various ways to prevent the bad effects of sitting all the time and to keep your health.
By Kim Young-seop, staff reporter [email protected]
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