September 27, 2012

Sitting down is killing us slowly

Sitting down may be a way of relaxing and resting, but for most of us is the way we spend half of our lives: in front of the computer, working or chatting, in front of the TV, standing in the car.

Even if you think you’re full of energy, you might want to check the number of hours you sit down, instead of being in movement, because specialists say this might actually kill you. This problem is so big that researchers have given it a name, and call it “sitting disease.”

When you sit for an extended period of time, your body starts to shut down at the metabolic level, the circulation slows and you burn fewer calories. The less you move, the less blood sugar your body uses. Researchers say that for every two hours spent sitting down, your chance of contracting diabetes goes up by 7 percent. You become prone to heart disease, because enzymes that keep blood fats in check are inactive, you get depression easier, because your blood flows less, and the feel-good hormones circulate harder to your brain. Your posture and back have to suffer as well, your muscles become weak and stiff.

The bad news is that even if you exercise, it’s still not enough. In an extensive study of 17,000 people, Canadian researchers said that the longer you spend sitting each day, the more likely you are to die an early death, no matter how fit you are. Until now, they say the only solution is to take more breaks from sitting throughout the day.