Sitting for just three hours together can ruin your vascular function. Various studies show that sitting for long hours can deeply damage your other organs too. Here are those side-effects of excessive sitting which you never knew about.1
1. Organ Damage
Your blood flows slower and muscles burn less fat, which makes it easy for the fatty acids to clog your heart. You’re at greater risks of developing heart diseases too.
Just one day of sitting can lead your pancreas to produce increased amounts of insulin. This may also lead to 90% chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Excessive sitting can lead to colon cancer. It can also be due to excess production of insulin, which encourages cell growth. Also, regular movements boost antioxidants in your body which may eliminate cancer-causing free radicals.
Your brain functions slow when you’ve been sitting for a long time. It gets less oxygen and blood, which are needed to trigger the mood-enhancing chemicals.
Sitting down for long hours compresses and slows down your digestion. It can lead to cramping, bloating, heartburn, constipation, and other issues related to your gastrointestinal tract. It also leads to obesity.
Sitting for long can affect your spine, and permanently imbalance your shoulders, neck, and back. Also, sitting hunched in front of your laptop or desktop can lead to back pain and you can lose your flexibility over time.
4. Muscle Degeneration
Prolonged sitting can make your muscles tight and limited to a range of motion because they are rarely extended. It can decrease your hip mobility too.
5. Leg Disorders
Sitting down for long can lead to poor circulation in your legs and cause swelling in your ankles, varicose veins, and cause blood clots over time. It can weaken the bones and muscles in your legs too.
Hence, the repeated toilet breaks at work are good for your body.