Inactivity due to prolonged sitting can cause premature death and disability even if you are incredibly fit!
More and more studies suggest that sitting is a root problem of many of chronic health problems. As a matter of fact, some 10,000 publications have revealed that sitting is very harmful to your health.
This problem is affecting the health of millions of people around the world.
The good news is that, unlike so many other things, you can do something about it – just stand up!
A vital thing to keep in mind here is that exercising on a regular basis does not protect you from the dangers of prolonged sitting.
Even if you go to the gym every day and you are really in good condition, it is still not enough to counteract the long hours you sit during the rest of your day.
The hours of inactivity can cause changes in the molecular mechanisms at the cellular level and these changes are linked to weight gain, diabetes, hypertension, cancer and other harmful effects.
Doctors have found that at least 24 different chronic diseases and conditions are associated with too much sitting.
How standing can help you?
90 seconds after you get up, the muscular and cellular systems at a molecular level are activated. These systems process blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol, all with the help of insulin.
In other words, crucially important molecular mechanisms are activated simply by weight-bearing; by carrying your body weight upon your legs.
The human body is designed to be active and moving constantly. You are not supposed to be glued to a chair where all of vital cellular mechanisms get switched off.
Evidently you must rest from time to time. But that rest should only serve to break up the activity. It’s not supposed to be your way of life.
Sitting posture is not only harmful for your back, wrists, arms and metabolism. It switches off the central fueling systems.
As a result, blood sugar levels and blood pressure are high, the cholesterol metabolism is interrupted, and toxins that can lead to cancer are elevated.
The solution? Stand up! If you are an office worker, use a height adjustable desktop workstation!
It has been found out that the average office worker in the USA sits for 13 to 15 hours a day. On the other hand, people in agrarian villages sit for just three hours a day.
According to experts, such a Dr. James Levine, you should stand up at least 10 minutes out of every hour.
Are you ready to give up your chair?