Sitting can be a nice break from a busy day but considering many of us spend our entire work day at a desk followed by down time in front of a computer or TV. One has to wonder, "how exactly is sitting affecting your body?"
- As soon as you sit down the electrical activity in your muscles drop significantly and your calorie burning rate plummets to about one calorie per minute. After only three hours of sitting there's a 50% drop in artery dilation and as a result of a decrease in blood flow.
- Sit for 24 hours straight and the insulin in your body loses nearly 40% habitability of uptake glucose. Which increases the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and things only get worse from here.
- After two weeks of sitting for more than six hours a day LDL cholesterol, sometimes called the bad cholesterol is increased along with other fatty molecules putting you at a greater risk for weight gain.
- On top of this, the enzymes responsible for breaking down fats plunged! And because of the prolonged inactivity your muscles begin to break down. Gradually, their contractions become weaker ultimately impeding the pumping of blood to your heart.
- Even if you work out regularly the minute you start moving. The deterioration begins again in proportion to your seating time and that's the scary part! Research shows that justice exercise doesn't necessarily counteract the negative effects of something like smoking. It doesn't counteract the negative effects of too much sitting.
- A year later, the effects begin to compound and some studies in women have even shown a decrease in bone mass upwards of 1% every year.
- Think your brain is more important than your body? Physical movement not only helps pump blood and oxygen to the brain but also sends mood enhancing hormones. When we don't move, brain function begins to slow down.
For example, the risk of dying from heart disease increases by 6%. While the risk of prostate or breast cancer increases by 30%.