Sitting Disease-A Lethal Condition Can Be Cured By Standing At Your Desk

According to a poll of nearly 6,300 people by the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, the sitting disease develops from our sedentary jobs and lifestyles. The 50 or more hours spent sitting each week is a hot topic for medical experts because of the relationship been sitting and obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even early death.

What’s so bad about sitting? In a nutshell, when you’re seated your muscles’ electrical activity drops, which incites a cascade of unwanted metabolic effects. The body’s calorie-burning mechanisms slow and insulin efficiency drops, increasing the risk of diabetes. Obesity becomes a concern because enzymes that break down lipids and triglycerides also drop, bringing levels of good (HDL) cholesterol down with them. What’s more, even regular exercise doesn’t seem to outweigh the ills of sitting through the workday.

Luckily, experts are taking a stand, literally, to combat this Sitting Disease. The easiest solution is simply standing at your desk.

Consider adjusting your desk to standing height. Standing at your desk results in an increase in calorie-burning and better posture benefits. However, there’s a tradeoff and your feet will feel tired at the end of the day.

It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting — in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home — you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you.

So what’s wrong with sitting?

 The answer seems to have two parts. The first is that sitting is one of the most passive things you can do. You burn more energy by chewing gum or fidgeting than you do sitting still in a chair. Compared to sitting, standing in one place is hard work. To stand, you have to tense your leg muscles, and engage the muscles of your back and shoulders; while standing, you often shift from leg to leg. All of this burns energy.

People who sit for many hours found that those who took frequent small breaks — standing up to stretch or walk down the corridor — had smaller waists and better profiles for sugar and fat metabolism than those who did their sitting in long, uninterrupted chunks.

Bottom Line: Your chair is your enemy.  Beware of your chair!

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One Response to “Sitting Disease-A Lethal Condition Can Be Cured By Standing At Your Desk”

  1. actos Says:

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