Over the years researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns.
Some of the most obvious concerns are listed below:
Recent research suggests that sitting for prolonged periods may be a significant factor in heart disease. In fact, research studies have found that people who spend much of the day sitting or engaged in other sedentary activities are more than twice as likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.
When sat for long periods, research suggests the pancreas may create more glucose than the body needs and it is thought that this may contribute to diabetes and other potentially serious health conditions.
Increased Cancer Risk
For reasons that are not yet clear, it seems that sitting too much, increases the risk for a number of cancers. One theory suggests that an excess insulin production linked to inactivity, spurs cell growth and may result in increased cancer risk.
Poor blood circulation
Poor blood circulation is another health risk that is associated with sitting for long periods. Legs may begin to retain fluid, which potentially can lead to conditions such as varicose veins, swollen ankles and even deep-vein thrombosis or (DVT) as it’s known. Given the nature of our desk job work, it becomes even more important for us in those periods to continue to keep our muscles moving.
Sitting for long periods can affect the neck muscles. Unfortunately, few people sit correctly when working at a PC, have perfectly-designed chairs or work areas. This leads us to sit in unnatural positions, such as leaning forward to see a computer screen or tilting our head to support a telephone handset and as a consequence may result in muscle strain in the upper neck and shoulders. It’s important we make ourselves aware of posture.
Back problems are increased through prolonged sitting. Sitting for extended periods can cause discs to compress unevenly and together with the lack of use of abdominal muscles whilst sitting, can be the cause of many back problems.
Other obvious conditions include obesity, increased blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood sugar and excess body fat, particularly around the waist.