Today's technology has brought great comforts to our lives. Each comfort we enjoy-the plane, car, couch and TV-comes with a hidden cost. Did you know that the relaxing act of sitting can actually have a negative effect on your health & wellness? Couple a nice sit, with a few TV shows and you're slicing away small chunks of your actual life. According to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, for each hour an adult (25yrs+) spends watching TV, he or she loses 22 minutes of expected life. Relaxing and doing nothing, aka physical inactivity or your usual weekend plans, is currently ranked as the fourth leading global killer. Is the cost apparent to you now? So, now knowing that sitting is killing you slowly, are you rethinking your next weekend of binge watching Love & Hip Hop?
Not only can excessive sitting (2+hrs) reduce your daily total calories burned (lowering weight loss), it can increase your risk of developing negative health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, lower back pain, and some cancers. Adding to the list of cons for sitting is the increased mechanical load on the spine (40% greater than standing), that will multiply if you fail to sit with proper posture. There is always more but now that you have an idea of how costly copping a squat can be, here are a few ways to reduce the fee:
Remember that it doesn't matter whether for work or pleasure; excessive sitting can increase your risk for negative health conditions. Here is an alarming thought: that comfy recliner you love could be slowly pulling you closer to lying in a comfier casket, one comfy hour at a time. With all the dangers in this crazy world we live in, the chair, love-seat, or couch shouldn't be the culprits that do us in.