There’s no beating around the bush here. Sitting kills. At least according to multiple, long-term studies done in recent years.
From the study of human history, we know that early humans were hunters and gatherers. Legs evolved to be swift and strong for running and a lot of walking. Running was used as flight response. Early people walked far to find new pasture. However in this century, there’s been a proliferation of desk jobs. Most people work on their desk at least 8 hours a day. Then, they sit in their cars for hours in traffic. When they get home, they dinner and sit in front of the TV for who knows how many more hours until they fall asleep. The astounding statistics say that if you sit more than 6 hours a day, you increase your risk of dying by 40%.
Let’s look into the top reasons why sitting can kill.
1. Increase risk of obesity leading to all sorts of other diseases like heart ailments and diabetes.
2. Metabolism slows down while sitting. As you sit, fat-burning enzymes shut down 90%. After 2 hours, good cholesterol drops 20%. After 24 hours, insulin effectiveness drops 24%.
3. Increased risk of cardiovascular diseases largely due to lack of exercise and associated disorders like diabetes.
What can you do to live a healthier life if you have a desk job?
1. HYDRATE. The more you drink, the more you need to go to the toilet, forcing you to stand up once in a while. Make it a habit to stand up every 3 minutes and do some stretching.
2. Walk to work if you can or walk to the store. The more you walk, the more you can get circulation into your legs. The more you exercise, the higher your metabolism gets.
If you would like to know more simple steps to include exercise in your daily life, read the book You’re Fat, She’s Not by Author, Sachin Mayi. This book is filled with practical tips of improving your lifestyle and allowing you to live a healthier life.