Most of the people who work on places that require lots of sitting (sometimes even the whole work-time, 8 hours) know the struggle of it.
Most of them already have problems with the regularity of their metabolism, since the food digests slower when you sit.
Most of the medical experts in these fields have given their opinion on sitting too much, and the recommendations have been fairly expected.
According to them, you need to make movements more, even though you are limited on doing it.
Hence, you need to use the movement time as much as possible and make lots of exercises when it’s possible for you because, at last point, your health is what matters most to you.
That is why we are going to discuss about the “sitting” problem that many of the population in the world face, and how can you counter act on it in the most effective way possible.
First of all, we will be discussing that which parts of the body are most damaged when you “over-sit”.
We have mentioned above that sitting too much is causing severe damage to your alimentary system, causing the food to digest slower and making the regular defecate pretty painful, sometimes accompanied with blood.
But, one will find this problem not much common as there are many others that can cause chronical damage to your body.
For example, if you sit for the long amount of time, there is a bigger chance for you to be diagnosed with colon cancer, as the productivity of this organ will be reduced in a serious manner.
You can also be diagnosed with the over-reactive pancreas, as the cells won’t be able to receive the hormone that is secreted by this organ (insulin) due to their inactivity.
Heart diseases are like “Good morning” to over-sitting, as a huge amount of the people have complained that they have huge pains in the area of the heart.
This means that the heart is unable to pump the blood properly through the whole organism, resulting in hyper or hypotension, or other chronical diseases connected to your heart.
Of course, these are just a few of the many diseases that happen to your body when you over-sit.
All of the organs are on hit, resulting in lower activities in all of them.
The brain, however, suffers the most due to the biggest consumer of energy in the whole body (along with the kidneys, around 20%).
When we stop moving our muscles, the energy supply to our brain is limited, resulting in a phenomenon known as “Foggy brain”, where your perceptions are also limited.
Your legs can also suffer, resulting in huge pain in the bones and the joints, due to the deficit of Calcium and Potassium in them. Your muscles are also undergoing a degeneration, as limited movement isn’t allowing them to work properly.
Overall, your whole body is receiving pain signals and you sometimes you wonder what could cause it, not knowing that sitting at home or at work could be the main reason for it.
The discs in your spine can also be damaged, as one muscle is known as psoas, which connects to these discs, won’t make the discs work properly.
By not working properly, we mean that the whole weight of your body will be focused on the upper-body, instead of being distributed along the spine.
This will result in degeneration of your discs, meaning that you will most likely experience pain in specific parts of your spine.
So, What Happens When You Sit too Long?
We have mentioned the diseases and the medical states that could happen to you if you are ought to over-sit, but what happens with our body when we sit too long? Usually, when we sit, the electrical activity of our body is lowered immediately.
Now, when we sit too long, this electrical activity is brought to a minimum, meaning that our body is limited in working with the electrical processes in our bodies such as contraction, relaxation, and other very important processes.
Electrical activity is something that moves our muscles, so if it’s lowered it could very well mean that our muscles will undergo a degeneration, a process that we have mentioned above.
How Can We Fix These Problems?
Stand More than an Hour
This will help in the electrical activity of your body, and it will help all of the organs to work “by-the-book”.
Researchers have found that if you stand for more than hour, the body is in a natural position and all of the processes in our body are stimulated in the normal rate.
This means that our body will very likely work properly if we try to implement standing for at least an hour per day.
Get About 30 Minutes of Physical Activity
Running, walking, playing basketball or football, anything that will force your muscles to do some activity.
You can even clean your house, do the dishes or the laundries, the most important thing is that your muscles will get some activity and the energy distribution will be normal in all of the organs in our body.
Additional Reading: The Best House Cleaning Workout
Adopt a Standing Desk for the Work Place
This has been a revolution in the work places all around the globe. Many of the people suffer due to long sitting hours at work.
But having a standing desk is allowing your body to balance the weight properly everywhere on your body.
This will allow you to avoid problems in your spine, in your hips, and in your joints.
See Also: Benefits of Using a Standing Desk
Use Treadmill Along with Standing Desk
Well, if a standing desk won’t do the work for you. Either you feel bored standing for long period of time or whatever maybe the reason, you can get a treadmill for desk at work.
The cost isn’t very big, and it allows your body to be even more productive while you are at work, or doing your work from home.
But, you need to be careful to not over-work on the treadmill, as your body can meet the negative effects of working too much on the treadmill.