This happens to your body when you sit down

Posted on April 12. 2016

Health & Lifestyle


This happens to your body when you sit down

Humans are not sedentary creatures.

It is only logical that the human body was not created to sit still for many hours during the day. Research has proven that how much we sit has serious consequences for our weight, our posture, and even on our lifespan. Human beings did not start out with the lifestyle that most people in the western world now have. We lived on our feet, and not on our bottoms. Now that we have desk jobs, televisions, transport, and computers, most humans spend more time sitting on our bottoms the we spend sleeping. Our bodies were not meant to sit that much. In fact, sitting for more than 6 hours a day makes you 40% likelier to die within 50 years than someone who sits less than 3 hours a day. Even if you exercise regularly.

The effects of sitting aren’t just long term. Your body goes into meltdown the moment that you sit down.

As soon as you sit down:

• Electrical activity in your body shuts off.

• Calorie burn drops to 1 calorie per minute.

 • Enzymes that help break down fat drop to 90%

After 2 hours of sitting:

• Good cholesterol drops 20% After a day of sitting:

• Insulin effectiveness drops 24% and risk of diabetes rises.

Some other interesting facts about sitting:

People with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular diseases as people with standing jobs.

 Sitting makes you gain weight. Obese people sit for 2.5 more hours per day than thin people. Did you know that sitting expends almost no energy?

People who sit over 3 hours a day watching TV are 64% likely to die from heart disease. Each extra hour of watching TV = 11% higher death risk.

 The human body was simply not built for sitting over long periods of time. A hundred years ago we were toiling out in the fields, working in factories and doing much more manual labour. Obesity was almost non-existent. Think about that next time you sit in a chair that doesn’t promote steady gentle movement. It’s time to change the way that you sit. 

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