I read an article this morning that really opened my eyes, and I wanted to share that with you.
When I was working for a large insurance company, I noticed that most of my co-workers were sitting all day long. Of course you are sitting during your work hours, but these women would take a break and go for coffee, sit for lunch together, and then in mid-afternoon it was time for a snack and more sitting. Since we were no spring chickens, a treadmill desk where you stand most of the day was too hard on our old, aching bones.
What are the health consequences of too much sitting? For starters, blood can pool in your legs, leading to varicose veins, swollen ankles, and deep vein thrombosis.
Too much sitting can also lead to a stiff, painful neck. Typing and answering the phone involves craning the neck forward, which strains the cervical vertebrae, and can lead to permanent imbalances.
When you sit for a long period of time, your muscles get sluggish, and fatty acids can affect the heart, leading to high blood pressure and cholesterol.
What surprised me the most was that too much sitting can lead to certain types of cancer, such as colon, breast, or endometrial. One reason for this is the body can produce too much insulin, which leads to unhealthy cell growth.
In my next blog post, I’ll give you some tips on how to be more active.