Why Sitting Is So Deadly

Why Sitting Is So Deadly

Now that you know there are hidden health assassins at your workplace and home, you are probably wondering exactly how sitting, as opposed to standing, affects your body so negatively.

Let's take a look.

The first thing that happens when you sit is your posture changes. Your lumbar enjoys a healthy 'S' shape and is properly supported when you stand. This changes immediately when you sit down.

That 'S' shape morphs into the letter 'C' when you sit. Simply by looking at those 2 letters, you can see how much pressure is put on your back when you sit down. Sitting also puts a lot of pressure on your pelvis.

Your obliques, abdominals and core are also negatively affected. The pressure from your seat on your butt and thighs causes healthy blood circulation to struggle. This places stress on your heart. The result is that your body does not get the oxygen it needs and requires on a minute by minute basis to operate properly.

This leads to a greater chance of contracting heart disease, cancer, diabetes, unhealthy weight gain, a loss of bone density, a higher mortality rate and a long list of serious health problems.

So the minute your butt hits the chair, unhealthy things begin to happen to your body. Unfortunately, if you think that exercise can counter-effect this dangerous and possibly deadly behavior, you might be wrong.

Toronto researchers pulled data from more than 40 important international studies on sitting, sedentary lifestyles and physical fitness. What they found may make physically fit people think twice about how healthy they really are.

Dr. David Alter is a senior scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, who conducted the study. He says that their "study finds that despite the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk for disease" caused by extended periods of sitting.

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