Category: Disease Prevention

Sitting disease: Are you spending too much of your time sitting

Published:28 Mar, 2017     By: Salan Khalkho     3 min read

Scientists have found that too much of sitting is linked to heart disease, diabetes and premature deaths. With the rising job opportunities in the fields of IT enabled services, majority of workforce find themselves sitting for extended hours of time on a computer for most part of the day.


sitting is linked to heart disease

If you think you are living an ideal lifestyle with most of your time spent comfortably seated in your office, think again. Scientists have found that too much of sitting is linked to heart disease, diabetes and premature deaths. With the rising job opportunities in the fields of IT enabled services, majority of workforce find themselves sitting for extended hours of time on a computer for most part of the day.

Based on a report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, more than half of the people's average waking hours are spent sitting either watching television, working on a computer or may be simply spent in physically inactive pursuits. You need to walk every day to stay in healthy weight and in good health. 

Too much of time sitting down may be a bad news for your health. Scientific community has termed this as "Sitting Disease" and is used to refer metabolic syndrome and the ill effects caused by an overly sedentary lifestyle. However medical community does not recognize Sitting Disease as a diagnosable disease.

Regardless of this, people who spend most of their time sitting like working on computer, stand greater risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Sitting for prolonged hours is so bad for health that scientific community has deemed sitting as new smoking.

Here are 5 ways to help you sneak in some feet time:

Non exercise activities

Aim at getting 10 minutes of non exercise activities such as turning, bending and stretching. Get moving more often for small goals, for example to catch a glass of water. Stretch out your entire body and the muscles that are cramped.

Squeeze fit short workout session during your lunch time

Carving out some time for exercise is far better than having none. It is good to have a whole day approach to physical activity. It doesn't need to be strictly about gym workouts. You can even go on a walk at lunch instead of sitting and chatting in the break room.

Squeeze fit short workout session

Find opportunities to get up from your desk

Have a question for your co-worker in the next building or another floor? Walk up to his desk for some face-to-face interaction, instead of shooting him an email.

    Leave your chair if you get a call

    Your body uses more muscles and burns more calories when you are standing than when you are sitting. Get into a habit to standup each time you get a call on your cell phone or telephone.

    Rethink to commute

    If you drive your own car to your workplace, either start parking it furthest in the parking lot to allow you scope to walk more or start taking bus to commute to office and get down one stop early to walk a little extra.



      Important Note: Medical and health related information given in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. This article is intended for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment.



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