4 consequences of working sitting 6 hours a day

To be sitting six hours a day, something that we do during the school phase between classes and study hours, as well as at work, since most people who work in offices or with new technologies must remain seated hours, can pose a great risk to health.

This is confirmed by numerous international publications and scientific studies, which have been analyzing the phenomenon of sedentary life after the incorporation of new technologies in our lives.

The 'sitting', a phenomenon that affects our health

Since 2010 James Levine, director of the North American Mayo Clinic turned to the Obesity Initiative of Arizona State University, the phenomenon baptized with Anglicism "sitting" has not stopped studying.


From the American Cancer Society to European Hearlt of Journal, it is noticed that the consequences of having been six hours in a row are not compensated only with the accomplishment of one or two hours of exercise or sport after work.

The reason is that the human body is created for movement and sedentary lifestyle unbalances our natural organic functions. In addition, at these hours of sedentary work, we have to join the average of 7 and a half hours that we spend sleeping, as well as the time that we remain motionless during transportation, meals and leisure.


Consequences of working sitting more than 6 hours a day

1. Overweight and obesity. Sitting without time control produces overweight and obesity, due to sedentary lifestyle that prevents proper caloric expenditure of food ingested.

2. Type 2 diabetes. This disease is associated with bad habits of life. The activity of the pancreas increases and we become more resistant to insulin.

3. Risk of cardiovascular problems. This sedentary lifestyle can increase blood pressure due to lack of activity, it can originate a rise in cholesterol and, therefore, there is an increased risk of suffering cardiovascular problems.

4. Retention of liquids. Immobility favors fluid retention and circulatory problems.

5. Weakening of the skeletal muscle system. Sitting more than 6 hours a day also produces an increase in back and neck pain, weakens the bone system, and in older people is a greater risk of hip fractures and vertebrae. In addition, the soleus, the muscle of the calf responsible for the venous return of blood to the heart, also denatured its organic function.


How to fight against the 'sitting'?

Some of the solutions to fight against this condition that affects our health seem a utopia. Getting up several times throughout the workday to move your legs or take a little walk is one of the most realistic and reasonable, while we dream of offices with tapes for walking or meeting rooms without chairs.

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