Are you currently sitting down whilst reading this? Or have you been to work all day and have been sat down at your desk? If you have, you won’t be pleased to hear what we are about to tell you…
Recent studies have revealed that sitting down for extensive periods of time can be as damaging to your health as smoking and could significantly damage your heath.
Studies conducted by the American College of Cardiology have confirmed that going to work can be just as damaging to your health as smoking, if not even more dangerous. That is if your job involves you sitting down for long periods of time. The study revealed that it doesn’t matter if you exercise either, the effects are just as adverse.
Following the study, the American College of Cardiology proved that sitting down for long periods of time is directly linked to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and even an early death.
The idea is connected to the fact that when your body is inactive for long periods of time, it enters ‘storage mode’ and stops working as effectively as it should. Anything you do to get your heart pumping and your blood moving stimulates the organs in your body to do things that are healthier.
But, no matter how much you exercise you do, sitting for excessively long periods of time is a risk factor for an early death, a new study in Annals of Internal Medicine also discovered. The medical journal found a direct relationship between time spent sitting and your risk of early mortality of any cause, researchers said based on a study of nearly 8,000 people. As your total sitting time increases, so does your risk of an early death.
You may now be thinking what can you do reduce the damage that sitting down at work has on your body and life expectancy. As most of us have to go to work, we don’t have the choice but to be sat down, if we work from an office. But, the answer lies in taking a movement break every half hour and being prepared in case the unfortunate should happen, according to experts.
The best thing you can do to prevent any nasty surprises for you or your family is to follow recommendations from the NHS by “breaking up long periods of sitting time with “shorter bouts of activity for just one to two minutes”.
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