9 ways in which prolonged sitting can harm us

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People with desk jobs need to be on their feet for a minimum of two hours daily during working hours and this should eventually be increased to up to 4 hours, says the first-ever UK guidance designed to curb the health risks of too much cumulative sitting time.

The guidelines call for use of adjustable sit-stand desks, avoidance of prolonged static standing (which may be as harmful as prolonged sitting) and altering posture, light walking to alleviate possible musculoskeletal pain and fatigue.


Sitting for long periods of time can cause blood clots which can travel to the brain causing a stroke


You are twice as likely to develop a pulmonary embolism or blood clot if you sit most of the day


The reduction of physical activity leads to hypertension or high blood pressure


Excessive sitting contributes to obesity and colon cancer. Enzymes in the blood vessels of muscles responsible for burning fat shut down, leading to the disruption of the body’s method of metabolizing fuels


Numbness in the feet can be caused by poor circulation. It can also cause nerve damage or pressure on nerves when you sit for long periods


Fluid retained in the legs during the day moves to the neck and contributes tp sleep apnea. Neck muscles are stressed leading to pain


People who live a sedentary lifestyle are up to twice as likely to die or develop diabetes and heart disease than those who move frequently


Sitting for long periods of time places a high amount of pressure on the spine. Over time, sitting can result in compression of the spinal disks. Because muscles are tight from pressure, sudden movements can lead to injury


Fluid collects in the legs while we are sitting. Standing up and walking helps pump it through our body

By India Times


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