We all know that there are a million things that are bad for us but there’s a new silent killer, sitting. Scary, right? While you may not be convinced, continue with caution…
1. Reduced mental wellness
Sitting for too long not only can negatively impact those who suffer from anxiety but also, depression. According to The Active Times, a study found that “those who reported sitting for more than 6 hours a day were found to have more symptoms of anxiety than those who sat for less than 3 hours a day.” Sitting also reduces the production of “feel-good” hormones due to a lack of physical activity. “Those who sat for more than seven hours a day were 47 percent more likely to suffer from depression than those who sat four hours or fewer.”
2. Reduced effectiveness of exercise
According to WebMD, even if you exercise over seven hours a week, you can’t reverse the effects of sitting for seven hours at a time. Make an effort to incorporate moving into your daily routine!
3. Increased risk of disease
As reported by WebMD, sitting for extended periods of time has been linked to heart disease and can lead to increased insulin resistance in your body. It raises your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
4.Increased neck and back pain
Since you’re probably hunched over a screen reading this, chances are you’re straining your neck which can cause stiffness. “Poor posture may also cause poor spine health such as compression in the discs in your spine, leading to premature degeneration, which can be very painful,” as claimed by Better Health.
5. Increased weight gain
As stated by Better Health, movement helps your body digest the food you eat, so if you spend a lot of time sitting, digestion is not as efficient and your body stores it as fat. And let’s be honest, sitting often goes hand in hand with watching tv or scrolling through social media. It may be costing you progress on your health journey, so try and think about that next time you’re going to watch “just one more” episode.