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Continuous Sitting All Day Causes Many Problems

Continuous Sitting All Day Causes Many Problems

Continuous Sitting All Day Causes Many Problems

Too much sitting is as dangerous as smoking. Physical inactivity is linked to more than 5 million deaths a year. When you sit a lot, your blood flow is reduced.  It leads to brain fog and concentration problems. Chronic sitting may cause deep vein thrombosis, swelling and blood clots in the legs.

Too much sitting raises blood glucose levels.It is also linked to the risk factors for diabetes and metabolic syndrome. 8-12 hours of sitting a day increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90%.

Sitting causes weight gain, that can lead to lower levels of Vitamin D and cancer causing processes. They are inflammation and enhancing certain hormones linked to tumor formation.

Chronic sitting is the main cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It happens because excess fat builds up in the liver. It can even cause scarring and result in liver failure.

Do you sit for 8 hours a day?

You need at least 1 hour of physical activity (exercise). 2 hours of sittings eliminate the benefits of 20 minutes of exercise. Another important thing is the position of sitting, do not forget to sit right. Your hips should be as far back in the chair as they can and your feet should be flat on the floor.  Your knees should be equal to or slightly lower than your hips.

The back of the chair should be adjusted to a 100°-110° reclined angle. Your upper and lower back should be supported by using small pillows if necessary. Adjust the armrests so that your shoulders are relaxed. Place the keyboard directly in front of your body and also adjust its height so that your shoulders are relaxed.  Your elbows are in a slightly open position 100° to  110°. The position of your wrists and hands should be straight.

The screen should be directly in front of you, at least an arm’s length away.  The position of the top of the screen approximately 2-3″ above from seated eye level. Take 1 to 2 minute stretch breaks every 10 -30 minutes and after each hour of work, take a break for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

The position of holding your smartphone is also important at the time of sitting. Roll your shoulders back and down and place one hand on your rib cage. Place your elbow on top of that hand to support your arm that holds the phone. Keep a safe distance from your phone to the eyes.

 

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